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), sueded, sueding.
to treat so as to raise a nap on (leather, cloth, etc.).
verb (used without object), sueded, sueding.
to raise a nap on leather, cloth, etc.
Also, suède.

1855–60; < French (gants de) Suède (gloves from) Sweden Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To suède
World English Dictionary
suede (sweɪd)
a.  a leather finished with a fine velvet-like nap, usually on the flesh side of the skin or hide, produced by abrasive action
 b.  (as modifier): a suede coat
[C19: from French gants de Suède, literally: gloves from Sweden]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

undressed kid skin, 1884, from gants de Suède (1859), lit. "gloves of Sweden," from Fr. Suède "Sweden."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Think about a fringed suede jacket and suede jodhpurs or jeans.
Step on its blue suede shoes and it will see you in court, honey.
Tinted plaster lends a lush brown suede effect to the entry walls,
  transitioning to a gray-blue hue on the ceiling.
When those were accepted, he added suede and leather ready-to-wear.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature