- The definition of leather is a material made from animal skins that have been tanned.
An example of leather is the material used to make the jackets typically worn by motorcycle riders.
A black leather jacket.
- a material consisting of animal skin prepared for use by removing the hair and tanning
- any of various articles or parts made of this material
- the flap of a dog's ear
Origin of leatherMiddle English lether ; from Old English lether-, akin to German leder, Old Norse lethr, Middle High German leder ; from Germanic an unverified form lethra ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps or akin uncertain or unknown; perhaps to Celtic base as in Old Irish lethar, Welsh lledr
- of or made of leather
Origin of leather< the leather attire often associated with sadomasochism of or having to do with sadomasochists, esp. homosexual sadomasochists
- to cover or furnish with leather
- Informal to whip or thrash with or as with a leather strap
- The dressed or tanned hide of an animal.
- Any of various articles or parts made of dressed or tanned hide, such as a boot or strap.
- The flap of a dog's ear.
transitive verbleath·ered, leath·er·ing, leath·ers
- To cover wholly or in part with the dressed or tanned hide of an animal.
- Informal To beat with a strap made of hide.
- Made of, relating to, or resembling dressed or tanned animal hide.
- Slang Of or relating to the wearing of leather, or patronized by people who wear leather, especially as a sexual fetish: a leather bar.
Origin of leatherMiddle English lether, from Old English lether- (as in letherhose, leather pants).
(countable and uncountable, plural leathers)
- A tough material produced from the skin of animals, by tanning or similar process, used e.g. for clothing.
- A piece of the above used for polishing.
- (colloquial) A cricket ball or football.
- (plural: leathers) clothing made from the skin of animals, often worn by motorcycle riders.
- (baseball) A good defensive play
- Jones showed good leather to snare that liner.
- (dated, humorous) The skin.
- Made of leather.
- Referring to one who wears leather clothing (motorcycle jacket, chaps over 501 jeans, boots), especially as a sign of sadomasochistic homosexuality.
(third-person singular simple present leathers, present participle leathering, simple past and past participle leathered)
- To cover with leather.
- To strike forcefully.
- He leathered the ball all the way down the street.
- Tar Heel
From Middle English lether, from Old English leþer (“leather”), from Proto-Germanic *leþrą (“leather”), from Proto-Indo-European *letrom (“leather”). Cognate with West Frisian leare (“leather”), Dutch leder, leer (“leather”), German Leder (“leather”), Swedish läder (“leather”), Icelandic leður (“leather”). The Celtic forms (Welsh lledr, Irish lethar) ultimately derive from the Germanic.