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