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From Middle English lether, from Old English leþer ‎(leather), from Proto-Germanic *leþrą ‎(leather), from Proto-Indo-European *létrom ‎(leather). Cognate with West Frisian leare ‎(leather), Low German Ledder ‎(leather), Dutch leder, leer ‎(leather), German Leder ‎(leather), Danish læder ‎(leather), Swedish läder ‎(leather), Icelandic leður ‎(leather). The Celtic forms (Welsh lledr, Old Irish lethar) ultimately derive from the Germanic.



leather ‎(countable and uncountable, plural leathers)

  1. A tough material produced from the skin of animals, by tanning or similar process, used e.g. for clothing.
  2. A piece of the above used for polishing.
  3. (colloquial) A cricket ball or football.
  4. (plural: leathers) clothing made from the skin of animals, often worn by motorcycle riders.
  5. (baseball) A good defensive play
    Jones showed good leather to snare that liner.
  6. (dated, humorous) The skin.


(types of leather): chagrin, cordovan, cordwain, galuchat, maroquin, morocco, morocco leather, shagreen, sharkskin, taw



leather ‎(not comparable)

  1. Made of leather.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in The Celebrity:
      Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. [] A silver snaffle on a heavy leather watch guard which connected the pockets of his corduroy waistcoat, together with a huge gold stirrup in his Ascot tie, sufficiently proclaimed his tastes.
  2. Referring to one who wears leather clothing (motorcycle jacket, chaps over 501 jeans, boots), especially as a sign of sadomasochistic homosexuality.



leather ‎(third-person singular simple present leathers, present participle leathering, simple past and past participle leathered)

  1. To cover with leather.
  2. To strike forcefully.
    He leathered the ball all the way down the street.

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