\ 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

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Additionally, the sneaker combines mesh and suede, creating a mix of texture all in one silhouette. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Adidas Releases New Falcon Sneakers in Pantone’s Color of the Year "Living Coral”," 31 May 2019 Kate chose to wear the dress with tan suede wedges, a simple watch, floral stud earrings, and a Daenerys-esque braided hairstyle. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Floral Erdem Dress Is a Royal Family Favorite," 21 May 2019 Ombrés, low-contrast marbleized prints, and tonal faux suedes will bring depth to room without stealing the spotlight. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Interior Designers Predict the Next Major Wallpaper Trends," 12 Mar. 2019 According to Footwear News, the pumps are made from kid suede, come with a 4.5-inch heel and retail for $545. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Wore the Perfect Baby Blue Outfit for Easter," 21 Apr. 2019 Sneakers with unexpected fabrics and details like suede and holographs will give new life to your feet. Teen Vogue, "These Are The Spring Shoe Trends To Add To Your Cart," 6 Apr. 2019 Combine that with what look to be upgraded materials like suede around the mudguard and a stylish lookbook, and these kicks start to look downright fashion. Jake Woolf, GQ, "Today's Coolest Sneakers Come from Skechers Korea's Women's Line," 6 Feb. 2018 Maybe start out with the classic V Slingback in Light Coral suede, down from its original price of $145 to your choice of $95, $80, or just $66. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Everlane's Semiannual Choose What You Pay Event Is Happening — These Are the Best Deals to Shop," 16 Apr. 2019 The signature silhouette, the Numéro Un Mini ($330), comes in a variety of leather combinations—calfskin suede, full-grain textured—and hues like forest green or sand. Sara Lieberman, WSJ, "Four New Handbag Lines Promise Euro Chic—For Under $1,000," 25 Mar. 2019

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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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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


\ ˈswād How to pronounce suede (audio) \

Kids Definition of suede

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

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