leatherneck

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From leather +‎ neck.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

leatherneck (plural leathernecks)

  1. (slang) A soldier.
  2. (US) Specifically, a marine.
    • 2011, Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Penguin 2012, p. 318:
      The Marine Corps has instituted a martial-arts program in which leathernecks are indoctrinated in a new code of honor, the Ethical Marine Warrior.