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  1. a material constructed of paper or cloth and finished to simulate the grain, color, and texture of leather.
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Origin of leatherette

1875–80; formerly a trademark; see leather, -ette
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Examples from the Web for leatherette

Historical Examples

  • Price in leatherette binding, 50 cents, cloth 75 cents, postpaid.

    No Animal Food

    Rupert H. Wheldon

  • Next procure a piece of leatherette about twelve inches in diameter, or large enough to cover the opening of the pan.

  • A real pocket atlas 53-1/2 inches, 96 pages, leatherette covers.

  • These plates were accompanied by explanatory text, and issued in a leatherette case, price 10s.

  • Leatherette tears easily, and lacks both tenacity and smoothness.

    A Book for All Readers

    Ainsworth Rand Spofford

British Dictionary definitions for leatherette


  1. an imitation leather made from paper, cloth, etc
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