Definitions

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

  • n. Imitation leather.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of fabric, often plastic, made to imitate the appearance of leather.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Cloth or paper made to look like leather; imitation leather.

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

  • n. fabric made to look like leather

Etymologies

Originally a trademark.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
leather + -ette; originally a trademark that has since been genericized (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Our group took over two of the low couch/benches is it called a leatherette? on either side of a small cocktail table near the front, and about two steps away from the actual bar.

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  • Russia, and morocco -- to which may be added of recent years, buckram, duck, linoleum, and the imitations of leather, such as leatherette and morocco paper, and of parchment.

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  • Around the back, is the classic "leatherette" cover and a 5 MP camera with flash.

    Pocket-lint

  • Around the back, is the classic "leatherette" cover and a 5-megapixel camera with flash.

    Pocket-lint

  • The Basil Memphis panniers, unlike some of the more expensive Basil brand bags like the ultra-stylish KAVAN bags, are made of "leatherette" i.e. plasticky stuff, and they are lined on the insides with a thin layer of a felt-like material.

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  • ..i remember i once had a kinky girlfriend named 'leatherette'...

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  • The black leatherette barstools look like refugees from the 1970s.

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  • There is just a brief wait in the VIP lounge, with its white leatherette sofas and The Naked Gun playing on a flat-screen television, before you are whisked into your limousine, the usual hassles of passport control handled by friendly officials.

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  • And it has to be said that my test car, a 2.5 SEL, was a pretty stout deal for $30,665, including a six-speed Tiptronic automatic, Bluetooth, navi, a big sunroof, heated leatherette seats and an ear-crunching Fender co-branded audio system.

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  • Volkswagen My test car, a 2.5 SEL, was a pretty stout deal for $30,665, including a six-speed Tiptronic automatic, Bluetooth, navi, a big sunroof, heated leatherette seats and an ear-crunching Fender co-branded audio system.

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