\ˈswād \
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

Suede holds color really well and faux suede looks almost exactly like the real thing — certainly much closer to it than faux leather looks to real leather. Charles Manning, Cosmopolitan, "8 Reasons Your Shoes Look Cheap," 7 Oct. 2014 On her daily commuter shoes: My go-to option for cold weather are over-the-knee suede black boots by Stuart Weitzman. Diana Tsui, The Cut, "The Venture Capitalist Funding Female-Led Companies," 3 July 2018 She's also been spotted in a bright yellow dress paired with suede over-the-knee boots and a fashion-forward leather trench coat—all chic, unexpected options for the city's current manic weather. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Steps Out in A Killer Going-Out Top," 17 Apr. 2018 The Tyler studded suede ankle boots by Gianvito Rossi have been my go-to lately for a pick-me-up during the days that are cold or gray. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This Chic Knitwear Designer Is Living the Dream—And Dressing the Part," 9 Apr. 2018 Their latest collection for Fall is equal parts chic caftans, flirty animal-print dresses, and lavender suede trousers that somehow feel like closet basics—but so much more. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "4 Chic Fashion Brands Doing Things Right, Right Now," 2 July 2018 Accessories were kept polished and stylish with taupe suede Manolo Blahniks grounding the look and simple diamond stud Adina Reyter earrings for subtle sparkle. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Nods to the Fourth of July By Wearing This American Label," 5 July 2018 Already a fashion inspiration, Meghan stood out in a bright yellow Brandon Maxwell sleeveless crepe sheath featuring a boat neck and midi length, paired with tan suede spike heels. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan dons yellow Brandon Maxwell dress as she and Harry meet Commonwealth youths," 5 July 2018 Nothing’s worse than blisters after a hot day in rigid sandals, so this smooth suede is welcome on the skin. 5. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "Found: The Ideal Summer Sandal for Women," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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


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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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