patent leather

[pat-nt, pat-n or, esp. British, peyt-nt]

noun

a hard, glossy, smooth leather, used especially in shoes and accessories.

Origin of patent leather

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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patent leather

noun

leather or imitation leather processed with lacquer to give a hard glossy surface
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