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patent leather

[pat-nt, pat-n or, esp. British, peyt-nt] /ˈpæt nt, ˈpæt n or, esp. British, ˈpeɪt nt/
a hard, glossy, smooth leather, used especially in shoes and accessories.
Origin of patent leather
1820-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He crosses the African desert in patent-leather boots, does the stage hero.

    Stage-Land Jerome K. Jerome
  • patent-leather boots had gone round, and Square-toes had hopped over.

    A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The creaking of the Baron's patent-leather boots stopped, and he drew up before his colleague.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Solomon John and Mr. Peterkin, each had his patent-leather hand-bag.

    The Peterkin Papers Lucretia P Hale
  • He blushed and the Wife sunk my shin with a patent-leather torpedo.

    Gullible's Travels, Etc. Ring W. Lardner
  • patent-leather or russet boots are not correct in the field.

  • Among the playtoys, too, were a pair of wee, patent-leather slippers.

    Tommy Tregennis Mary Elizabeth Phillips
  • A dress boot may be of cloth and patent-leather or of soft kid.

  • He was in elegant evening dress, with patent-leather boots, the one cool person in the stifling court.

British Dictionary definitions for patent-leather

patent leather

leather or imitation leather processed with lacquer to give a hard glossy surface
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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