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[leth -ern] /ˈlɛð ərn/
made of leather.
resembling leather.
Origin of leathern
before 1000; Middle English, Old English lether(e)n. See leather, -en2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And the same John had his garment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins: and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

  • Then from one pocket she drew a small, leathern flask and shook it.

    Virginia of Elk Creek Valley Mary Ellen Chase
  • A hand encased in leathern glove,One pensive autumn day, Gathered some pretty wayside flowers,To make a bright bouquet.

  • The Captain sighed and went to aid the Major into his leathern armour.

    Great Britain at War Jeffery Farnol
  • He laid down the stocking, arose from his seat, and took a leathern pouch from a hook in the corner of the van.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
  • But here is a leathern doublet which his page threw out of the window.

    Granny's Wonderful Chair Frances Browne
  • “I don't know how to thank you, Clay,” she said, as he swung down from his saddle and threw his leathern bag on the grass.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • They were fastened on by leathern straps, tied at the back of the head.

    Condemned as a Nihilist George Alfred Henty
British Dictionary definitions for leathern


(archaic) made of or resembling leather
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for leathern

Old English leðren; see leather + -en (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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