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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).


leathern (not comparable)

  1. (dated) Made of leather.
    • Charles Lamb, The Essays of Elia
      He had his tea and hot rolls in a morning, while we were battening upon our quarter-of-a-penny loaf — our crug — moistened with attenuated small beer, in wooden piggings, smacking of the pitched leathern jack it was poured from.
    • 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 []