\ 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 The suede upper and faux-fur lining fit the hygge vibe perfectly yet are polished enough for school drop-off or a quick grocery store run. Quincy Bulin, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Oct. 2021 The dual-handle design makes the product super easy to use, and the soft suede could even make even your Dollar Tree lotions a luxurious experience. Hannah Cole, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2021 Replaces the Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary edition pickup; includes a multi-function tailgate, all-terrain tires, adjustable cargo tie-down hooks, LED box lighting, suede door bolster with a leather insert. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2021 Then there’s Rick Owens, who collaborated with none other than Birkenstock, the iconic brand behind the suede slip-on clogs. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 11 Aug. 2021 The engine chortles behind your head, and the ride quality is as soft and smooth as the Race-Tex faux suede that covers everything from the headliner to the armrests. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 22 June 2021 Detachable is what Dell calls the Detachable Keyboard, a spill-proof premium metal and faux-suede keyboard that does for the 7320 what the Signature Type Cover does for the Surface. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 27 Apr. 2021 The cozy shearling interior is warm and comfortable, while the suede or leather exterior and rubber outsole give them a polished finish that can be worn just about anywhere. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, 29 Mar. 2021 Subtly rippled around the loafer’s moc toe, the suede looks suppler than ever. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 27 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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

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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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11 Oct 2021

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“Suede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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