suede

noun
\ 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

suede

verb
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

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For today's appearance, Kate accessorized with black gloves, a green suede Manu Atelier box bag, suede block-heel pumps, and a pair of Princess Diana's earrings. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Rocks Plaid in Scotland Like Meghan Markle," 29 Jan. 2019 What's more fall than an oversize turtleneck, skinny jeans, and over-the-knee suede boots? Avery Matera, Glamour, "17 Ways to Wear Thigh-High Boots This Winter," 11 Jan. 2019 She was photographed wearing a Maison Kitsuné white collared shirt, Outland jeans, black suede J.Crew boots, and an oversize plaid blazer. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Sends Meghan Markle Specially-Made Pieces From Her Fashion Line," 11 Dec. 2018 The micro leather and suede box bag is available to shop in a number of shades and finishes. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Visits Blackpool in the Pouring Rain Wearing Michael Kors," 6 Mar. 2019 These bags mirror the real thing, from soft, supple faux suede to smooth or pebbled faux leather. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Best Ethical Clothing Brands Out There," 5 Mar. 2019 Along with black tights and a simple black Mulberry clutch, Kate rocked the LK Bennett Marissa boots—a classic design made from soft suede, with an impressively high block heel, and pretty eyelet lacing. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Chic Lace Up Ankle Boots From LK Bennett Are On Sale," 5 Feb. 2019 Markle arrived wearing some of her royal style signatures—a quietly elegant coat in black, and suede below-the-knee boots in olive—maintaining the modern, sleek aesthetic she’s known for. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Takes Her Maternity Style in a Charming New Direction," 2 Feb. 2019 The Gold Rush adds rough suede that overlaps the full-grain leather that Huckberry says reflects the history of its hometown (San Francisco), the grittiness of Gold Rush with the refined city of today. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Danner and Huckberry Team Up To Create Our New Favorite City Boot," 28 Jan. 2019

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, mrporter.com 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

Noun

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1921, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for suede

Noun

French gants de Suède Swedish gloves

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The first known use of suede was in 1883

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suede

noun

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

suede

noun
\ 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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