\ 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 Celebrities, including Dennis Quaid and Sean Penn, threw tiny ceremonies in recent months; Lily Allen married David Harbour at Graceland Wedding Chapel, in Las Vegas, wearing a Dior dress and black suede heels. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "The Rise of the Minimony and the Micro-Wedding," 15 Oct. 2020 Made with suede detailing and mesh fabric for additional breathability, these boots have a padded collar for comfort while hitting the trails. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, "13 Best Hiking Boots for Women, According to Footwear Pros," 7 Oct. 2020 The soft suede material protects your delicate skin from rubbing, while the plastic backing sticks into the shoe perfectly to prevent sliding. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Clothing and accessories that make great gifts," 6 Oct. 2020 The inner lining is a luxe shearling, while the outside is a soft suede. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Tons of Ugg styles are on sale at Nordstrom Rack," 23 Sep. 2020 Made of soft suede, these gloves will fit and protect tiny hands from thorns, stone, and splinters, while still being malleable. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Best Gardening Gloves to Keep Your Hands Pristine," 10 July 2020 In addition to the classic black calf hair a la the Duchess of Sussex, Heritage Collection also comes in three additional looks: a camouflage print in calf hair, a leopard print in calf hair, and a suede black style with a leopard print tassel. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Birdies Just Brought Back Meghan Markle's Favorite Style," 29 Sep. 2020 Like the Elisa boots, the Femme wedges also come in black, charcoal or chestnut suede. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "You can get new UGG boots for fall at a major discount—but only through today," 30 Aug. 2020 The master suite has suede panel walls, wide-plank white oak floors and a balcony. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Buy Beverly Hills Home for $17.5 Million," 24 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From sleek cross-trainers to suede sneakers, stay comfortable in a fresh pair of kicks. NBC News, "Amazon Big Style Sale 2020: Best deals on clothes, shoes and more," 22 June 2020 The performance suede leather and mesh is waterproof and breathable. Outdoor Life, "Four boots made to keep your feet dry," 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, "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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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Suede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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