patent leather
noun Date: 1829 a leather with a hard smooth glossy surface

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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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 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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