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variants or less commonly suède
: leather with a napped surface
: a fabric finished with a nap to simulate suede


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sueded; sueding

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to give cloth or leather a suede finish

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Both can be outfitted with black faux-suede accents as well as red seatbelts and contrast stitching. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 19 Jan. 2023 Case in point: this bomber sweater jacket is made of soft Merino wool fabric with supple suede front panels, making the outerwear striking without looking distracting. Maverick Li, Men's Health, 18 Jan. 2023 The Kayleigh style has a classic round toe silhouette and faux-suede finish with a fuzzy lining. Nicola Fumo, Peoplemag, 15 Jan. 2023 While most shearling jackets are ideal for snuggling up during freezing temps, this Lauren Ralph Lauren velvety faux-suede and shearling jacket provides a lighter option for the tricky transitional period between winter and spring. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Jan. 2023 Common fabrics include cotton, linen, silk, bamboo, flannel, faux fur or suede, microfiber, and sateen. Andrea Wurzburger, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Jan. 2023 All are crafted from natural and recycled materials including cotton canvas, cork, and vegan suede. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Jan. 2023 Polyester, nylon and other synthetic materials help add durability and are usually cheaper than fur or suede. Abigail Bailey, Good Housekeeping, 6 Dec. 2022 For a little something extra, Gianvito Rossi's suede slingback offers iridescent crystals in a variety of sizes. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 5 Dec. 2022
Within the first release from the capsule collection, suede high-heels are constructed with bold contrast colors and eye-catching seam lines that were both inspired by Self’s play, Sounding Board. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 1 Mar. 2022 The seats are comfortable and stylish, and the Ocean's headliner looks similar to suede roof linings popular on modern luxury cars. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2021 From sleek cross-trainers to suede sneakers, stay comfortable in a fresh pair of kicks. NBC News, 22 June 2020 The performance suede leather and mesh is waterproof and breathable. Outdoor Life, 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, 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, 9 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History



French gants de Suède Swedish gloves

First Known Use


1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1921, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of suede was in 1883

Dictionary Entries Near suede

Cite this Entry

“Suede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also suède
: leather rubbed on one side to produce a velvety surface
: a cloth fabric that looks and feels like suede

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