• (RP) IPA: /ˈlɛðə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈlɛðɚ/


  1. A tough material produced from the skin of animals, by tanning or similar process, used e.g. for clothing.
  2. A piece of the above used for polishing.
  3. (colloquial) A cricket ball or football.
  4. (plural: leathers) clothing made from the skin of animals, often worn by motorcycle riders.
  5. (baseball) A good defensive play
    Jones showed good leather to snare that liner.
  6. (boxing) A punch.
  7. (dated, humorous) The skin.
Translations Adjective

leather (not comparable)

  1. Made of leather.
  2. Referring to one who wears leather clothing (motorcycle jacket, chaps over 501 jeans, boots), especially as a sign of sadomasochistic homosexuality.
  • French: de cuir
  • German: ledern
  • Portuguese: de couro
  • Russian: ко́жаный

leather (leathers, present participle leathering; past and past participle leathered)

  1. To cover with leather.
  2. To strike forcefully.
    He leathered the ball all the way down the street.
  3. To beat with a leather belt or strap.

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