Definition of leatherneck in English:



  • A marine.

    ‘two planes undershot their target and eight leathernecks were wounded’
    • ‘As a father of a leatherneck, I wish to extend my deepest respects to the families of the leathernecks hurt and killed.’
    • ‘An unparalleled warrior and an enlisted leatherneck at heart, he remains the most famous and most revered Marine.’
    • ‘However, the leathernecks are technically a part of the Navy, which has SEALs as their representatives in the Special Operations Command.’
    • ‘Iwo Jima was the bloodiest battle in Marine Corps history, and three leathernecks of the 4th and 5th Divisions used sidearms on the sulphurous island during February and March 1945.’
    • ‘Practical application filled the last two days, as the leathernecks fired computerized scenarios and practiced on the tracking and firing systems at an outdoor trainer.’
    • ‘However, while there is no denying that he has high regard for leathernecks, he does provide ample examples of Navy and Army actions.’


Late 19th century: with allusion to the leather lining inside the collar of a marine's uniform.