Definition of cordovan in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkôrdəvən/ /ˈkɔrdəvən/


  • A kind of soft leather made originally from goatskin and now from horsehide.

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Late 16th century from Spanish cordován, former spelling of cordobán ‘of Cordoba’, where it was originally made.