Definition of

Leather

  1. (noun, substance) an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning
  2. (verb, contact) whip with a leather strap

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Origin of the word Leather

  1. O.E. le?er (in compounds only) "hide, skin, leather," from P.Gmc. *lethran (cf. O.N. le?r, O.Fris. lether, M.Du. leder, O.H.G. ledar, Ger. leder), from PIE *letrom (cf. O.Ir. lethar, Welsh lledr, Breton lezr). The word became synonymous with "sado-masochism" 1980s, having achieved that status in homose… more

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