Cordwain
Cordwain Cord"wain (k?rd"w?n), n. [OE. cordewan, cordian, OF. cordoan, cordouan, fr. Sp. cordoban. See {Cordovan}.] A term used in the Middle Ages for Spanish leather (goatskin tanned and dressed), and hence, any leather handsomely finished, colored, gilded, or the like. [1913 Webster]

Buskins he wore of costliest cordwain. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]


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  • cordwain — [kôrd′wān΄] n. [ME & OFr cordewan < Prov cordoan < Port < Sp cordobán: see CORDOVAN] Archaic cordovan leather …   English World dictionary

  • Cordwain — A fine quality goatskin leather, originally made at Cordova, in Spain, after which it is named. In 1367, shoes of cordwain cost 6d, boots 3s 6d; cowhide shoes cost 5d, boots 3s. Cf. Cordwainer …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • cordwain — noun Etymology: Middle English cordwane, from Anglo French cordewan, from Old Spanish cordovano, cordován Date: 14th century archaic cordovan leather …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cordwain — /kawrd wayn/, n. Archaic. cordovan leather. [1350 1400; ME cordewan < MF < Sp cordován CORDOVAN] * * * …   Universalium

  • cordwain — noun a leather from Córdoba originally of tanned goatskin later of horsehide. Syn: cordovan …   Wiktionary

  • cordwain — n. Spanish or Cordovan leather, goatskin …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • cordwain — cord·wain …   English syllables

  • cordwain — ˈkȯrdˌwān noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English cordwane, from Middle French cordoan, from Old Spanish cordován (now cordobán) more at cordovan archaic : cordovan leather …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • Cordovan — Cor do*van (k[^o]r d[ o]*v[a^]n), n. [Sp. cordoban, fr. Cordova, or Cordoba, in Spain. Cf. {Cordwain}.] Same as {Cordwain}. In England the name is applied to leather made from horsehide. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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