or suède

[ sweyd ]

  1. 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.

  2. Also called suede cloth . a fabric with a napped surface suggesting this.

verb (used with object),sued·ed, sued·ing.
  1. to treat so as to raise a nap on (leather, cloth, etc.).

verb (used without object),sued·ed, sued·ing.
  1. to raise a nap on leather, cloth, etc.

Origin of suede

1855–60; <French (gants de) Suède (gloves from) Sweden

Words Nearby suede Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use suede in a sentence

  • He wore a black frock-coat and grey suede gloves, which he never removed during these sessions.

  • He saw her face and hair first, then that she had long suede gloves; then that there was a fur cap at the back of her brown hair.

    The Ball and The Cross | G.K. Chesterton
  • I want to talk to you about something very, very important,' she added with enchanting solemnity, as she put on her suede gloves.

  • "The word 'native' intrigues them," said Stephen, drawing off her long, limp suede gloves and smoothing them.

    Play the Game! | Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Round the leg of her chair she pushed a suede sheath slender as one of the willow-leaves on my pond.

    The Tower of Oblivion | Oliver Onions

British Dictionary definitions for suede


/ (sweɪd) /

    • a leather finished with a fine velvet-like nap, usually on the flesh side of the skin or hide, produced by abrasive action

    • (as modifier): a suede coat

Origin of suede

C19: from French gants de Suède, literally: gloves from Sweden

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