sleeve

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noun \ˈslēv\

Definition of sleeve

  1. 1a :  a part of a garment covering an armb :  sleevelet

  2. 2a :  a tubular part (as a hollow axle or a bushing) designed to fit over another partb :  an open-ended flat or tubular packaging or cover; especially :  jacket 3c(2)

sleeved

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sleeveless

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on one's sleeve

  1. :  in an honest and open manner —used with wear <wears his emotions on his sleeve>

up one's sleeve

  1. :  held secretly in reserve <has a few tricks up her sleeve>

Examples of sleeve in a sentence

  1. a shirt with long sleeves

  2. The joint is covered with a metal sleeve.

Origin and Etymology 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



SLEEVE Defined for English Language Learners

sleeve

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noun \ˈslēv\

Definition of sleeve for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SLEEVE Defined for Kids

sleeve

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noun \ˈslēv\

Definition of sleeve for Students

  1. 1 :  the part of a piece of clothing covering the arm

  2. 2 :  a part that fits over or around something like a sleeve

sleeved

\ˈslēvd\ adjective

sleeveless

\ˈslēv-ləs\ adjective

up someone's sleeve

  1. :  held secretly in reserve <Watch him. He's got something up his sleeve.>



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