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A fine leather originally made of goatskin but now more frequently of split horsehide.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Noun1.cordovan - a fine leather originally made in Cordoba, Spain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.
CTC management came up with the idea in November 2013 to offer a chance for Cordovans to get back into the true holiday spirit," said David Allison, board president of CTC and CUUC.