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or suède

[sweyd] /sweɪd/
kid or other leather finished with a soft, napped surface, on the flesh side or on the outer side after removal of a thin outer layer.
Also called suede cloth. a fabric with a napped surface suggesting this.
verb (used with object), sueded, sueding.
to treat so as to raise a nap on (leather, cloth, etc.).
verb (used without object), sueded, sueding.
to raise a nap on leather, cloth, etc.
Origin of suede
1855-60; < French (gants de) Suède (gloves from) Sweden Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I have pink ones, and blue ones, and lavender and green, all satin and suede.

    The Rose Garden Husband Margaret Widdemer
  • Conscience, my poor friend, is like a suede glove, you can wear it soiled.

  • The suede gloves proclaimed the man who had run through his mother's fortune.

    Cousin Pons Honore de Balzac
  • The suede glove came forward, and was buried in his handshake.

    Bucky O'Connor William MacLeod Raine
  • Nidia Commerell was standing in the doorway right beside him, drawing on a pair of suede gloves, her blue eyes dancing with mirth.

British Dictionary definitions for suede


  1. a leather finished with a fine velvet-like nap, usually on the flesh side of the skin or hide, produced by abrasive action
  2. (as modifier): a suede coat
Word Origin
C19: from French gants de Suède, literally: gloves from Sweden
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Word Origin and History for suede

undressed kid skin, 1884, from gants de Suède (1859), literally "gloves of Sweden," from French Suède "Sweden" (see Swede).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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