Meaning of cordovan in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɔːdəv(ə)n/


mass noun
  • A kind of soft leather made originally from goatskin and now from horse hide.

    ‘Horsehide is made into fine cordovan leather, and glue is often made by boiling horse bones and cartilage.’
    • ‘The investigator took careful note of my office décor, plants and curtains evidently witnessing more in my favor than cordovan leather and sports memorabilia would have.’
    • ‘Renowned holster maker Mitch Rosen offers two pocket holsters for the Guardian: genuine shell cordovan in tan with full spine stingray trim, and a high quality cowhide holster with the rough side out.’
    • ‘Besides, I haven't seen a pair of cordovan ducks in a shoe store for nearly forty years now, and anyway what the hell would I want to look like a 50s teenager in my 50s for?’
    • ‘The official's brogue cordovans and the chief's beads are remarkably detailed.’


Late 16th century from Spanish cordován, former spelling of cordobán ‘of Cordoba’, where it was originally made.