noun \ˈslēv\

: the part of a shirt, jacket, etc., that covers all or part of your arm

: a part that fits over or around something to protect it or to hold its parts together

Full Definition of SLEEVE

a :  a part of a garment covering an arm
b :  sleevelet
a :  a tubular part (as a hollow axle or a bushing) designed to fit over another part
b :  an open-ended flat or tubular packaging or cover; especially :  jacket 3c(2)
sleeved \ˈslēvd\ adjective
sleeve·less \ˈslēv-ləs\ adjective
on one's sleeve
:  in an honest and open manner —used with wear <wears his emotions on his sleeve>
up one's sleeve
:  held secretly in reserve <has a few tricks up her sleeve>

Examples of SLEEVE

  1. a shirt with long sleeves
  2. The joint is covered with a metal sleeve.

Origin of SLEEVE

Middle English sleve, from Old English slīefe; perhaps akin to Old English slēfan to slip (clothes) on, slūpan to slip, Old High German sliofan, Latin lubricus slippery
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator
SLEEVES Defined for Kids


noun \ˈslēv\

Definition of SLEEVE for Kids

:  the part of a piece of clothing covering the arm
:  a part that fits over or around something like a sleeve
sleeved \ˈslēvd\ adjective
sleeve·less \ˈslēv-ləs\ adjective
up someone's sleeve
:  held secretly in reserve <Watch him. He's got something up his sleeve.>
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