noun \ˈflēs\

: the woolly coat of a sheep

: a soft cloth that is used to make warm clothes

: a jacket made from this cloth

Full Definition of FLEECE

a :  the coat of wool covering a wool-bearing animal (as a sheep)
b :  the wool obtained from a sheep at one shearing
a :  any of various soft or woolly coverings
b :  a soft bulky deep-piled knitted or woven fabric used chiefly for clothing

Examples of FLEECE

  1. <learning how to shear the fleece off a sheep>

Origin of FLEECE

Middle English flees, from Old English flēos; akin to Middle High German vlius fleece and perhaps to Latin pluma feather, down
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to FLEECE

Other Textiles Terms

batt, bias, brocade, duck, flock, lawn, toile

Rhymes with FLEECE


transitive verb

: to deceive and take money from (someone)


Full Definition of FLEECE

a :  to strip of money or property by fraud or extortion
b :  to charge excessively for goods or services
:  to remove the fleece from :  shear
:  to dot or cover with fleecy masses

Examples of FLEECE

  1. Don't let that salesman fleece you.
  2. an unsuspecting tourist fleeced by a scam artist

First Known Use of FLEECE


Related to FLEECE

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut


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