- 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.
- to treat so as to raise a nap on (leather, cloth, etc.).
- to raise a nap on leather, cloth, etc.
Origin of suede
Examples from the Web for suede
Sexy coats with suede lapels were worn over white roll-neck tops.Nicolas Ghesquière Presents His Debut Collection for Louis Vuitton
March 5, 2014
Each model clutched a Bloomsbury bag in one hand, all a variation on the new, hand-painted leather and suede piece.Art Takes the Runway at Burberry Prorsum Fall/Winter 2014 London Fashion Week
February 17, 2014
Leather or suede sweatpants just make for a more sweaty wear.NBA Players Are Wearing Sweatpants Again, but Now They Cost $550
November 11, 2013
What looked like ethnic or folk iconography was seen in the brightest of colors on suede, lace, and silk chiffon.Valentino: Fit For a Queen
October 1, 2013
Another key theme was layering—such as textured miniskirts over longer, narrow skirts—and suede or tutus over layers.Chanel, Back to the Future
July 2, 2013
I have pink ones, and blue ones, and lavender and green, all satin and suede.The Rose Garden Husband
Conscience, my poor friend, is like a Suede glove, you can wear it soiled.A Romance of Youth, Complete
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.John Ames, Native Commissioner
- 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
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).