- 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.
leather definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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: < the leather attire often associated with sadomasochismof 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
leather definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The dressed or tanned hide of an animal, usually with the hair removed.
- 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.
- 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, relating to, or patronized by people who dress in leather clothing primarily to indicate a preference for sadomasochistic sex: leather types; a leather bar.
Origin: Middle English lether, from Old English lether- (as in letherhose, leather pants).