leather Definition

  • 1a material made from the skin of an animal by tanning or a similar process, used for clothing, bags, shoes, and other accessories
  • 2a piece of leather as a polishing cloth

Using leather: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "leather" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The jacket is made of high-quality leather.

  • Example

    She bought a leather bag at the store.

  • Example

    He polished his shoes with a leather cloth.

leather Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for leather

Phrases with leather

  • a type of leather with a glossy finish


    She wore black patent leather shoes to the party.

  • leather-bound

    a book that has a cover made of leather


    The old family Bible was leather-bound.

  • a US Marine


    My uncle was a leatherneck in World War II.

Origins of leather

from Old English 'leðer', related to German 'Leder'


Summary: leather in Brief

Leather [ˈlɛðər] is a material made from animal skin through tanning or a similar process. It is commonly used for clothing, bags, shoes, and accessories. 'Patent leather' refers to a glossy finish, while 'leather-bound' describes a book with a leather cover. 'Leatherneck' is a slang term for a US Marine.

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