\ ˈshēf How to pronounce sheaf (audio) \
plural sheaves\ ˈshēvz How to pronounce sheaf (audio) \

Definition of sheaf

1 : a quantity of the stalks and ears of a cereal grass or sometimes other plant material bound together
2 : something resembling a sheaf of grain a sheaf of papers
3 : a large amount or number

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Other Words from sheaf

sheaflike \ ˈshēf-​ˌlīk How to pronounce sheaf (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sheaf in a Sentence

contends that casino gambling would generate a sheaf of social problems for the state
Recent Examples on the Web The panels show a variety of scenes — a scholar at his desk with an attendant bringing tea, a child riding an ox, a farmer tying together a sheaf of wheat. Michelle Terris, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 Every few minutes, another taxpayer entered hesitantly with a sheaf of papers in hand. Washington Post, 1 May 2022 Since death was imminent if they were caught, one of the boys and his father buried the sheaf and retrieved it after liberation. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Mar. 2022 The man was bent like a parenthesis, with a bald head that shined like the rock that was split open on Rudy Kauffmann's desk, onto which the ancient fellow now tossed a sheaf of papers. CBS News, 6 Jan. 2022 An affectionate portrait of his friend John Gaspar Gevartius juxtaposes a bust of Marcus Aurelius, the ancient Stoic philosopher-king, with the humanist literary scholar, pen poised over a thick sheaf of paper. Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2021 Similar distortions can be found in a sheaf of new lawsuits aimed at vaccine mandates. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2021 The $7 billion plan for precisely how to fix up that gruesome mole’s lair hasn’t changed much since Andrew Cuomo released a sheaf of promising renderings last spring. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 3 Nov. 2021 One of his Cuban government hosts gave him a sheaf of yellowing papers and file cards. Manuel Roig-franzia, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sheaf

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sheaf

Middle English sheef, from Old English scēaf; akin to Old High German scoub sheaf, Russian chub forelock

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“Sheaf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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\ ˈshēf How to pronounce sheaf (audio) \
plural sheaves\ ˈshēvz \

Kids Definition of sheaf

1 : a bundle of stalks and ears of grain
2 : a group of things fastened together a sheaf of papers

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