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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), sued·ed, sued·ing.

to treat so as to raise a nap on (leather, cloth, etc.).

verb (used without object), sued·ed, sued·ing.

to raise a nap on leather, cloth, etc.

Nearby words

suds, sudser, sudsy, sue, sue, eugène, suede, suent, suess, suess, eduard, suet, suet pudding

Origin of suede

1855–60; < French (gants de) Suède (gloves from) Sweden Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for suede


/ (sweɪd) /


  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 for suede

C19: from French gants de Suède, literally: gloves from Sweden
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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