or suède



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.

Origin of suede

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

Examples from the Web for suede

Contemporary Examples of suede

Historical Examples of suede

  • 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 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