leather


leather
n
British
1.
a middle-aged male jet-setter, an age-ing sun-tanned playboy. This term was coined by the upper-class young and their imitators in the late 1970s to refer disparagingly to the more prominent members of the international white trash frequenting ski resorts, yacht basins, etc. The word could occasionally be extended to apply to women too. Leather refers to the skin texture of the subgroup in ques-tion (perhaps compounded by their char-acteristic wearing of expensive leather clothes in the period in question).
2.
a wallet or purse. A long established item from the underworld lexicon.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • Leather — Leath er (l[e^][th] [ e]r), n. [OE. lether, AS. le[eth]er; akin to D. leder, le[^e]r, G. leder, OHG. ledar, Icel. le[eth]r, Sw. l[ a]der, Dan. l[ae]der.] 1. The skin of an animal, or some part of such skin, with the hair removed, and tanned,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leather — [leth′ər] n. [ME lether < OE lether , akin to Ger leder, ON lethr, MHG leder < Gmc * lethra < ? or akin ? to Celt base as in OIr lethar, Welsh lledr] 1. a material consisting of animal skin prepared for use by removing the hair and… …   English World dictionary

  • leather — leath er, a. Of, pertaining to or made of leather; consisting of leather; as, a black leather jacket. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leather — ► NOUN 1) a material made from the skin of an animal by tanning or a similar process. 2) a piece of leather as a polishing cloth. 3) (leathers) leather clothes worn by a motorcyclist. ► VERB 1) (leathered) cover with leather. 2) …   English terms dictionary

  • leather — (n.) O.E. leðer (in compounds only) hide, skin, leather, from P.Gmc. *lethran (Cf. O.N. leðr, O.Fris. lether, O.S. lethar, M.Du., Du. leder, O.H.G. ledar, Ger. leder), from PIE *letro leather (Cf. O.Ir. lethar, Welsh lledr, Breton …   Etymology dictionary

  • Leather — Leath er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Leathered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Leathering}.] To beat, as with a thong of leather. [Obs. or Colloq.] G. Eliot. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leather — For other uses, see Leather (disambiguation). Modern leather working tools Leather is a durable and flexible material created via the tanning of putrescible animal rawhide and skin, primarily cattlehide. It can be produced through different… …   Wikipedia

  • leather — /ledh euhr/, n. 1. the skin of an animal, with the hair removed, prepared for use by tanning or a similar process designed to preserve it against decay and make it pliable or supple when dry. 2. an article made of this material. 3. See stirrup… …   Universalium

  • leather — 01. I bought a beautiful [leather] coat in Mexico for only $150. 02. Hey, if you re a vegetarian, how come you re wearing [leather] shoes? 03. He spends a lot of time out in the sun working on his tan, so his skin has gotten quite [leathery] and… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • Leather — La bandera de orgullo leather, también utilizada por las subculturas aficionadas a los fetichismos sexuales y al BDSM …   Wikipedia Español

  • leather — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ thick, thin ▪ soft ▪ shiny ▪ worn ▪ black ▪ …   Collocations dictionary


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