Definitions

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

  • n. Slang A member of the U.S. Marine Corps.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of the United States Marines, so called because of a distinctive high leather collar of certain uniforms they formerly wore.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The sordid friar bird of Australia (Tropidorhynchus sordidus).
  • n. A member of the United States Marine Corps; a United States Marine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A marine.

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

  • n. a member of the United States Marine Corps

Etymologies

From the leather neckband that was once part of the uniform.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The term "leatherneck" has become a term of admiring comment.

    The Walton Tribune: News

  • Certainly, the five stories collected in this posthumous volume (Styron died in 2006) sidestep the "leatherneck" cliches that surround the Corps.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • At Marine Corps headquarters in Washington, 1st Lt. Josh Diddams said officials were not immediately able to confirm Weber's statement that he was a leatherneck during the period he claims.

    Heroes or Villains?

  • Although Buddle served two years of active duty in the Army, he was never a leatherneck and never earned a commission despite wearing the uniform of a Marine captain.

    Reggie Buddle

  • Buddle in 2004 at his home, where he presided over a wedding for a leatherneck who had just finished boot camp.

    Reggie Buddle

  • Camp leatherneck is apparently Obama's macho challenge to the Afghans to 'Bring it on' but, like George W Bush's false challenge to the Iraqi freedom fighters ~ it will failbecause theAmerican public will not willingly support another economically debilitating occupation, with its rising body count, and the Afghan nation will rise up en masse against the America invaders.

    Camp Leatherneck Rises In Afghanistan's Desert Of Death

  • A formfitting dress uniform can make a leatherneck look like a peacock.

    Homoeroticism In The Ranks

  • Like the leatherneck general who described the 1st Marine Division's bloody retreat from Chosin Reservoir in Korea as "advancing in a different direction," Carville announced that the campaign would take the offensive.

    Testing Ground

  • Marine deployment to the gulf was a model military operation, and the leatherneck grunts are leaning forward in their foxholes.

    'We'll Win, But...'

  • One turncoat was so happy he kissed his grizzled leatherneck captor.

    'Keep The Pressure Up'

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