\ ˈswād How to pronounce suede (audio) \
variants: or less commonly suède

Definition of suede

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : leather with a napped surface
2 : a fabric finished with a nap to simulate suede


sueded; sueding

Definition of suede (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give a suede finish or nap to (a fabric or leather)

intransitive verb

: to give cloth or leather a suede finish

Examples of suede in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Coming in three colors and built with a water-resistant waxed suede upper, these are a go-to boot for those rainy commutes. CNN Underscored, "Save 40% on shoes, accessories and more at Nisolo," 30 June 2020 The look of the Faux-suede sneakers from AC is easily replicated in these Daybreak Sneakers by Nike. Madison Durham, USA TODAY, "15 outfits from Animal Crossing you can wear in real life," 22 June 2020 The inside is made of a comfortable, moisture-wicking suede cloth that lets wet waste through to the absorbent microfiber cloth underneath. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Products to reduce the amount of garbage in your life," 16 June 2020 Get them in olive green, metallic blue, light gray suede, or a range of other collectible colors. Lindsey Olander, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 White Sneakers That Pair With Everything In Your Suitcase," 8 June 2020 Keeping your favorite bags clean is easier said than done, especially with premium leather or suede. Deanne Revel, Condé Nast Traveler, "Easy-to-Clean Nylon Bags, from Totes to Backpacks," 16 Apr. 2020 Complete with a funky platform and a suede and leather upper, these sneakers are surprisingly comfortable. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Urban Outfitters is having a surprise shoe sale on UGGs, Vans, and more," 3 Apr. 2020 Understated black leather replaces neutral-coloured suede for the footbed, and contrast stitching was added to attach a touch of elegance to the otherwise utilitarian shoe. Eliza Huber,, "Birkenstock & Proenza Schouler Announce Spring’s New Must-Have Shoe," 10 Mar. 2020 Speaking of the walls, specialty treatments like the suede wallpaper in the TV room and silk wallpapers in the master bedroom and bathroom add another dimension to the design. Dallas News, "Check out this modern property for sale in the Jonas Brothers’ old Westlake neighborhood," 29 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From sleek cross-trainers to suede sneakers, stay comfortable in a fresh pair of kicks. NBC News, "Amazon Big Style Sale 2020: Best deals on clothes, shoes and more," 22 June 2020 The performance suede leather and mesh is waterproof and breathable. Outdoor Life, "Four boots made to keep your feet dry," 13 May 2020 The signature suede classic and limited shades of the pointe flat can also be made to measure starting at $275. Nerissa Pacio Itchon, San Francisco Chronicle, "Margaux pop-up elevates flats for SF women," 1 Feb. 2018 BUY NOW: Suede penny loafers ($625) by Tod's, For Bad Scuffs, Use a Knife Scuffs on suede are generally nothing more than a spot on the grain that has gotten too matted down. Scott Christian, Esquire, "The Right Way to Keep Your Suede Shoes Clean," 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of suede


1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1921, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for suede


French gants de Suède Swedish gloves

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The first known use of suede was in 1883

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6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Suede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce suede (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of suede

: soft leather that has been rubbed on one side to make a surface that looks and feels like velvet


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Kids Definition of suede

: leather tanned and rubbed so that it is soft and has a nap

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