\ 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 Her sophisticated look was finished off with a pair of black suede pumps by Gianvito Rossi. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Almost Falls, Then Laughs About It with Prince William," 13 Nov. 2019 Materials: Foam with micro-suede or jersey cover | Packed Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 4 in. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Top 10 Travel Pillows for the Best Sleep On-the-Go," 22 Oct. 2019 Kate also donned a Smythe jacket and her Gianvito Rossi black suede pumps. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Had Some Brief PDA Moments at Their Shout Engagement," 12 Nov. 2019 Common Projects Achilles sneaker in suede; $425, 5. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "10 Designer Accessories Under $500 for Young Hollywood Execs," 8 Nov. 2019 The soft, luxe fabric feels more like suede than the terry cloth material of most towels. Christie Calucchia,, "This Yoga Mat Towel Is the Only One I Use—and I’m a Hot Yoga Regular," 31 Oct. 2019 The Duchess of Sussex went for a head-to-toe red look for the event, opting for a red leather skirt by Hugo Boss, a cranberry V-neck Joseph sweater and matching deep red suede pumps from Sarah Flint. Erin Hill,, "Meghan Markle Unexpectedly Brings Prince Harry to Roundtable Discussion on Gender Equality," 25 Oct. 2019 Original costumes like Monica's chef uniform, Phoebe's funky suede jacket and Ross' infamous leather pants came straight from the Warner Bros. archives. While those items are behind glass, much of the exhibit is interactive. Brooke Lefferts,, "‘Friends’ pop-up lets sitcom’s fans explore show’s key props," 8 Sep. 2019 Blue suede shoes are a style immortalized in one of the most influential American rock songs of all time. Simona Matovic, oregonlive, "Best men’s commuter shoes | 7 pairs of shoes that combine style with comfort," 18 July 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, 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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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Suede.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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