Patent leather
Patent Pat"ent (p[a^]t"ent or p[=a]t"ent), a. [L. patens, -entis, p. pr. of patere to be open: cf. F. patent. Cf. {Fathom}.] 1.

Note: (Oftener pronounced p[=a]t"ent in this sense) Open; expanded; evident; apparent; unconcealed; manifest; public; conspicuous. [1913 Webster]

He had received instructions, both patent and secret. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

2. Open to public perusal; -- said of a document conferring some right or privilege; as, letters patent. See {Letters patent}, under 3d {Letter}. [1913 Webster]

3. Appropriated or protected by letters patent; secured by official authority to the exclusive possession, control, and disposal of some person or party; patented; as, a patent right; patent medicines. [1913 Webster]

Madder . . . in King Charles the First's time, was made a patent commodity. --Mortimer. [1913 Webster]

4. (Bot.) Spreading; forming a nearly right angle with the steam or branch; as, a patent leaf. [1913 Webster]

{Patent leather}, a varnished or lacquered leather, used for boots and shoes, and in carriage and harness work.

{Patent office}, a government bureau for the examination of inventions and the granting of patents.

{Patent right}. (a) The exclusive right to an invention, and the control of its manufacture. (b) (Law) The right, granted by the sovereign, of exclusive control of some business of manufacture, or of the sale of certain articles, or of certain offices or prerogatives.

{Patent rolls}, the registers, or records, of patents. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Patent leather — is leather that has been given a high gloss, shiny finish. The original process was developed by Newark based inventor Mario Baker in 1818 with commercial manufacture beginning September 20, 1819. His process used a linseed oil–based lacquer… …   Wikipedia

  • patent leather — patent leath|er [ˌpeıtnt ˈleðə US ˌpætnt ˈleθər] n [U] thin shiny leather, usually black ▪ patent leather shoes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • patent leather — noun uncount very shiny leather, used for making bags and shoes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • patent leather — ► NOUN ▪ glossy varnished leather …   English terms dictionary

  • patent leather — ☆ patent leather [pat′ nt ] n. leather with a hard, glossy, usually black finish: made by a process formerly patented …   English World dictionary

  • patent leather — noun leather with a hard glossy surface (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑leather * * * patent leather [patent leather] [ˌpeɪtnt ˈleðə(r)] [ˈpætnt leðər] [ˌpeɪtnt ˈleðər] …   Useful english dictionary

  • patent leather — N UNCOUNT: oft N n Patent leather is leather which has a shiny surface. It is used to make shoes, bags, and belts. He wore patent leather shoes …   English dictionary

  • patent leather — noun (U) thin shiny leather, usually black: patent leather shoes …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • patent leather — /peɪtnt ˈlɛðə/ (say paytnt ledhuh) noun 1. leather lacquered to produce a hard, glossy, smooth finish. 2. any imitation of this. –patent leather, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • patent leather — noun Patent leather is used before these nouns: ↑shoe …   Collocations dictionary

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