Definition of leather in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈleT͟Hər/


1A material made from the skin of an animal by tanning or a similar process: [as modifier]: a leather jacket
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  • The production of leather from animal hides was a time consuming and dreadfully smelly process.
  • Today, machines trim and cut the thickness and polish the leather.
  • She wore what was then the fashion for women, a leather one piece outfit with detachable sleeves and pant legs.
2A thing made of leather, in particular.
2.1A piece of leather as a polishing cloth.
2.2 short for stirrup leather.
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  • With a round to go of the 4190-metre journey, the leathers holding her right stirrup iron came loose and dangled under the horse's belly for almost 2000m.
  • Strap leathers are common and inspired from English saddles.
  • She was reluctant to leave but headed off into the darkness, reins fastened to the saddle and stirrups run up the leathers.
2.3 (leathers) Leather clothes, especially those worn by a motorcyclist.
Example sentences
  • Structured leathers and neoprene coats contrast with stretch mohair and fine cobweb knits to present a soft-military look.
  • She has taken a tumble before, but the compulsory crash helmet, leathers and gloves prevented injuries.
  • Maybe we need to find out a way to get Thrasher shirts over our leathers and then we will have a chance.


[with object] informal, chiefly British
1Beat or thrash (someone): he caught me and leathered me black and blue (as noun leathering) go, before you get a leathering
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  • One young lad from Northampton takes me out as I'm about to play the ball and I absolutely leather him before an almighty fight breaks out and I'm sent to the sin-bin.
  • I had one fight last year where the judges scored it against me 1-0 after we'd been leathering each other for five rounds.
  • Prior to the legalisation of lifting, the lineout was a jungle, and a prime opportunity for forwards to leather each other without the referee ever being able to see.
1.1Strike or kick (a ball) very hard: neither woman is famed for her finesse—both prefer to leather the ball for all they are worth
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  • He leathers his second long-range effort of the night wide.
  • Kolinko's weak punch lands at the feet of Milan Baros, who leathers it home from 12 yards.
  • This time the winger's shot angled across Marshall's dive and rebounded off his left-hand post before being leathered behind.


Old English lether, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch leer and German Leder, from an Indo-European root shared by Irish leathar and Welsh lledr.

Words that rhyme with leather

altogether, feather, heather, nether, tether, together, weather, wether, whether

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Syllabification: leath·er

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