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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
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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.

  • But the suspicion came, and led to a re-examination of the leathern wallets.

  • A hand encased in leathern glove,One pensive autumn day, Gathered some pretty wayside flowers,To make a bright bouquet.

  • He jingled coins in the pouch which hung at his leathern belt.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • 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
  • He hastily threw off his leathern apron, and put on his coat and hat.

    The Golden Shoemaker J. W. Keyworth
  • “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
  • The leathern bottles were filled with water, and the day's march commenced.

British Dictionary definitions for leathern


(archaic) made of or resembling leather
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Word Origin and History for leathern

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

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