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[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), 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.
Origin of suede
1855-60; < French (gants de) Suède (gloves from) Sweden Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for suede
  • 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.
  • Interior- leather and suede combo seats suede accents, custom birch wood instrument and center console.
  • On the communal table, vases are packed with trimmed leeks, and the banquettes are covered in buttery suede.
  • The patchwork plaids of last year have evolved into patchwork suede for fall in arrays of colors, leathers and geometrics.
  • Leatherworkers craft bridles, suede saddles and stirrups.
  • Today, artisans take pieces of vintage mantas and frame them in soft suede and durable leather to create these beautiful totes.
  • Subtle details make this buttery-soft suede bag ideal for travel.
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
C19: from French gants de Suède, literally: gloves from Sweden
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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
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