leathern

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English letheren, from Old English leþeren, leþern, leþren, liþeren, liþren, lidrin ‎(made of leather, leathern), equivalent to leather +‎ -en. Cognate with Scots letherin, lethrin, West Frisian learen, Dutch lederen, leren ‎(leathern), German ledern ‎(leathern).

Adjective[edit]

leathern ‎(not comparable)

  1. (dated) Made of leather.
    • 1919, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Warlord of Mars[1], HTML edition, The Gutenberg Project, published 2008:
      Except for his leathern harness, covered thick with jewels and metal …