from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The dressed or tanned hide of an animal.
  • noun Any of various articles or parts made of dressed or tanned hide, such as a boot or strap.
  • noun The flap of a dog's ear.
  • transitive verb To cover wholly or in part with the dressed or tanned hide of an animal.
  • transitive verb Informal To beat with a strap made of hide.
  • adjective Made of, relating to, or resembling dressed or tanned animal hide.
  • adjective Slang Of or relating to the wearing of leather, or patronized by people who wear leather, especially as a sexual fetish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In cricket, the ball.
  • noun plural Wearing-apparel made of leather, as breeches, leggings, etc.
  • noun One who wears ‘leathers.’
  • To furnish with leather; apply leather to; form into leather; tan.
  • To beat or thrash with or as with a thong of leather.
  • To beat; strike.
  • noun The tanned, tawed, or otherwise dressed skin of an animal; dressed hides or skins collectively.
  • noun Human skin.
  • noun A round piece, of tanned hide on the end of a fish-hook, designed to keep the bait from sliding up on the line.
  • noun The loose hanging part of a dog's ear.
  • noun Leather finished for use without artificial coloring, as that of which shoes are made for use in hot weather.
  • noun Hence— Leather slightly colored, tinged red or yellowish-brown, for use in the same way.
  • Consisting of leather; leathern: as, a leather glove.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb Obs. or Colloq. To beat, as with a thong of leather.
  • adjective Of, pertaining to or made of leather; consisting of leather.
  • noun The skin of an animal, or some part of such skin, with the hair removed, and tanned, tawed, or otherwise dressed for use; also, dressed hides, collectively.
  • noun Ironical or Sportive The skin.
  • noun an imitation of sole leather, made of leather scraps, rags, paper, etc.
  • noun (Zoöl.) , a variety of carp in which the scales are all, or nearly all, absent. See Illust. under Carp.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A trigger fish (Balistes Carolinensis).
  • noun (Bot.) a climbing plant (Clematis Viorna) of the Middle and Southern States having thick, leathery sepals of a purplish color.
  • noun (Bot.) a low shrub (Cassandra calyculata), growing in Northern swamps, and having evergreen, coriaceous, scurfy leaves.
  • noun (Bot.) one or more New Zealand plants of the composite genus Celmisia, which have white or buff tomentose leaves.
  • noun (Zoöl.) See Leatherback.
  • noun Linen cloth coated with India rubber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A tough material produced from the skin of animals, by tanning or similar process, used e.g. for clothing.
  • noun A piece of the above used for polishing.
  • noun colloquial A cricket ball or football.
  • noun clothing made from the skin of animals, often worn by motorcycle riders.
  • noun baseball A good defensive play
  • adjective Made of leather.
  • adjective Referring to one who wears leather clothing (motorcycle jacket, chaps over 501 jeans, boots), especially as a sign of sadomasochistic homosexuality.
  • verb To cover with leather.
  • verb To strike forcefully.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb whip with a leather strap
  • noun an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English lether, from Old English lether- (as in letherhose, leather pants).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English leþer, from Proto-Germanic *leþran (compare West Frisian leare, Dutch leder, German Leder, Swedish läder), from Gaulish *letrom (compare Welsh lledr, Irish lethar), from pre-Celtic *péltrom, from Proto-Indo-European *pel- 'to beat'. More at anvil.


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  • is this define a animal skin ?

    July 18, 2017

  • Not always, see definitions above.

    July 18, 2017