patent leather

[ pat-nt, pat-n or, especially British, peyt-nt ]
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  1. a hard, glossy, smooth leather, used especially in shoes and accessories.

Origin of patent leather

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30

Words Nearby patent leather Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use patent leather in a sentence

  • The young fellow with the “patent leather” hair still lingered by the table where Jessie and Amy had sat.

  • Another swift survey of the slight figure disclosed a pair of patent-leather pumps.

    A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
  • He had again mounted his cork legs, and encased his cork feet with splendid-fitting patent leather boots, and Mole felt happy.

  • His clothes were not badly rumpled; his patent-leather boots were scarcely scratched.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm | Irvin S. Cobb
  • As he did so, the grappling hook caught hold of Dot's belt of patent leather that fastened her heavy coat about the waist.

British Dictionary definitions for patent leather

patent leather

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

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