Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Cordovan or Spanish leather.

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

  • noun A term used in the Middle Ages for Spanish leather (goatskin tanned and dressed), and hence, any leather handsomely finished, colored, gilded, or the like.

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

  • noun a leather from Córdoba originally of tanned goatskin later of horsehide.

Etymologies

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from cordovan, Córdova a Spanish town.

Examples

  • He began by buying the best cordwain that could be had in the town, and associated himself with the best goldsmith in the town, and caused him to make clasps for the shoes, and to gild the clasps; and he marked how it was done until he learned the method.

    The Junior Classics — Volume 4

  • And he began by buying the best cordwain that could be had in the town, and none other would buy.

    The Age of Fable

  • And he began by buying the best cordwain that could be had in the town, and none other would buy.

    The Age of Chivalry

  • The person I mean was a buxom dame of about thirty, her fingers loaded with many a silver ring, and three or four of gold; her ankles liberally displayed from under her numerous blue, white, and scarlet; short petticoats, and attired in hose of the finest and whitest lamb's-wool, which arose from shoes of Spanish cordwain, fastened with silver buckles.

    Redgauntlet

  • The person I mean was a buxom dame of about thirty, her fingers loaded with many a silver ring, and three or four of gold; her ankles liberally displayed from under her numerous blue, white, and scarlet; short petticoats, and attired in hose of the finest and whitest lamb’s-wool, which arose from shoes of Spanish cordwain, fastened with silver buckles.

    Redgauntlet

  • "The binding is of brown cordwain, all edges are gilt, and there are etchings by Gwinoc, hand-tinted.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

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