- 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.
From Middle English lether, from Old English leÃ¾er (â€œleatherâ€), from Proto-Germanic *leÃ¾rÄ… (â€œleatherâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *letrom (â€œleatherâ€). Cognate with West Frisian leare (â€œleatherâ€), Dutch leder, leer (â€œleatherâ€), German Leder (â€œleatherâ€), Swedish lÃ¤der (â€œleatherâ€), Icelandic leÃ°ur (â€œleatherâ€). The Celtic forms (Welsh lledr, Irish lethar) ultimately derive from the Germanic.