\ 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

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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 They're made with water-resistant suede on top of a rubber sole for better traction against snow and ice. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Plantar Fasciitis Shoes, According to Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 Texture can add a sense of cozy comfort to a space, so transitional design incorporates textiles like corduroy, cotton, chenille, and suede. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "What Is "Transitional Design" And How Can You Spot It?," 15 Nov. 2018 For yesterday's occasion (a reception at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, hosted by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern), the Duchess chose to pair it with her beloved suede Aquazzura heels. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Recycles a Navy Dress For Her Final Formal Occasion on the Royal Tour," 30 Oct. 2018 Loughry, whose $353,000 in renovations included a $32,000 blue suede couch and a $7,500 wood-inlay floor map of West Virginia, has blamed former court administrator Steve Canterbury for the spending and fired him in January 2017. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Trials adding up for West Virginia Supreme Court justices," 2 Oct. 2018 The piece was rounded like a soft boomerang and came elevated in earthy, buttery suede. Alexandra Gurvitch, Vogue, "Why the Hobo Bag Should Make a Comeback in 2019," 24 Dec. 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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