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patent leather

[pat-nt, pat-n or, esp. British, peyt-nt] /ˈpæt nt, ˈpæt n or, esp. British, ˈpeɪt nt/
noun
1.
a hard, glossy, smooth leather, used especially in shoes and accessories.
Origin of patent leather
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism
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  • As he did so, the grappling hook caught hold of Dot's belt of patent leather that fastened her heavy coat about the waist.

  • Mine was covered with patent leather and mounted with silver.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • In fact, it is the only patent leather made that is not air-tight.

    The Story of Leather Sara Ware Bassett
  • Slippers should either match the gown in color, or be of patent leather.

  • His top hat was unmistakably French, with a flat rim, and his boots were of patent leather.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • Nursing one small foot, in a silk sock and a patent leather shoe, on his knee, he was immensely entertained.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • He wore a dress-suit with a white waistcoat and patent leather pumps—what a wonder!

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • No one had anything to say about the symphony; everybody was fully informed concerning the patent leather episode.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • patent leather boots and kid gloves are rarely worn by practical geologists.

British Dictionary definitions for patent leather

patent leather

noun
1.
leather or imitation leather processed with lacquer to give a hard glossy surface
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