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A fine leather originally made of goatskin but now more frequently of split horsehide.

[Spanish cordován, from Córdova, Córdoba, Spain.]


(Tanning) a fine leather now made principally from horsehide, isolated from the skin layers above and below it and tanned
[C16: from Spanish cordobán (n), from cordobán (adj) of Córdoba1]


(Placename) a native or inhabitant of Córdoba, Spain
(Placename) of or relating to Córdoba, Spain


(ˈkɔr də vən)

1. a native or resident of Córdoba, Spain.
2. (l.c.) a soft, smooth, nonporous leather orig. made at Córdoba of goatskin, now often made of split horsehide.
3. of or pertaining to Córdoba, Spain.
4. (l.c.) designating or made of cordovan.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cordovan - a fine leather originally made in Cordoba, Spain
leather - an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning


A. ADJcordobés
B. Ncordobés/esa m/f; (= leather) → cordobán m
References in classic literature ?
but our lady is lighter than a lanner, and might teach the cleverest Cordovan or Mexican how to mount; she cleared the back of the saddle in one jump, and without spurs she is making the hackney go like a zebra; and her damsels are no way behind her, for they all fly like the wind;" which was the truth, for as soon as they saw Dulcinea mounted, they pushed on after her, and sped away without looking back, for more than half a league.
When she removed the cordovan leather from the grand piano and ventured to play a few notes on it, it sounded with a mournful sadness, startling the dismal echoes of the house.
Only one easy arm-chair, very magnificent, was to be seen; the wood was painted with roses on a red ground, the seat was of ruby Cordovan leather, ornamented with long silken fringes, and studded with a thousand golden nails.
OFF THE MARK It was a memorable day for rider Sean O'Keeffe (below), from Taghmon in Wexford, as the 18-yearold rode his first winner on the track from just his second ride, when winning the mares' bumper at Punchestown on Cordovan Brown for his boss Liz Doyle.
Mr Irvine is founder of Cordovan Capital a corporate finance advisory and private equity investment firm.
The leather is scratched, and shines a dull cordovan.
It is part of the former Cordovan Office Park, which is fully owned by Texas Trust, and has been renamed Texas Trust Business Park.
I went in and I had some Cordovan shoes, some jeans.
Yet, like the sumptuous Cordovan leather of this room's walls, austere stoicism coexisted with ostentatious exceptionalism: 'I don't print for the same price as other printers,' said Balthasar, 'as Rubens doesn't paint for the same price as other painters.
She bases this theory on internal references to Tammam and the access he and his relatives had to the Cordovan court.
34) From Flavian times and until the triumph of Septimius Severus in 197, the altruism of the Cordovan elites had accelerated its urban transformation, mainly focusing on keeping and decorating public buildings and spaces, or infrastructures such as roads, bridges and aqueducts, as well as financing spectacles such as the ones sponsored by Lucius Iunius Paulinus, pontiff, perpetual flamen and colonial duovir, as well as provincial flamen, towards the end of the second and beginning of the third century (CIL II2/7 221), in the last great altruistic act documented in Cordova before civic patronage all but disappeared.