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leather +‎ -ette; originally a trademark that has since been genericized.


  • enPR: th"ə-rĕt', IPA(key): /ˌlɛðəˈɹɛt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛt


leatherette (countable and uncountable, plural leatherettes)

  1. A type of fabric, often plastic, made to imitate the appearance of leather.
    • 1978, Daniel Miller (lyrics), “Warm Leatherette”, performed by The Normal:
      Quick let's make love, / Before we die. / On Warm Leatherette, / Join the carcrash set.
    • 1990, Robert Klitgaard, Tropical Gangsters: One Man's Experience with Development and Decadence in Deepest Africa
      We returned to the old leatherette couches with the bottom cushions covered in cloth.
  2. (slang) A person who dresses in leather or imitation leather.
    • 2003 August 19, Bruce Vilanch, "Heathers in leathers", in The Advocate, page 66.
      Since I seemed to know some of the leatherettes, I was a magnet for fellow Jews wanting to know what was going on.


  • artificial leather
  • imitation leather
  • leather substitute
  • synthetic leather
  • faux leather
  • pleather