American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English letheren, from Old English leÃ¾eren, leÃ¾ern, leÃ¾ren, liÃ¾eren, liÃ¾ren, lidrin (“made of leather, leathern"), equivalent to leather +"Ž -en. Cognate with Scotsletherin, lethrin, West Frisian learen, Dutchlederen, leren (“leathern"), Germanledern (“leathern").
Leathern Sentence Examples
First, he made a number of leathern tubes the ends of which he contrived to fix among the joists and flooring of a fine upper-room in which Zeno entertained his friends, and then subjected it to a miniature earthquake by sending steam through the tubes.
Day and night, long processions of all classes and ages, headed by priests carrying crosses and banners, perambulated the streets in double file, reciting prayers and drawing the blood from their bodies with leathern thongs.
The "Luck of Eden Hall," which has been celebrated in a ballad by the duke of Wharton, and in a second ballad written by Uhland, the German poet, and translated by Longfellow, is an enamelled goblet, kept in a leathern case dating from the times of Henry IV.
Formerly, when floods resulted from this obstruction, the townsfolk of Helston acquired the right of clearing a passage through it by presenting leathern purses containing three halfpence to the lord of the manor.
Round the waist over the tunic was worn a leathern girdle having a broad iron buckle damascened with silver.