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shirtsleeve

noun shirt·sleeve \ ˈshərt-ˌslēv \

Definition of shirtsleeve

: the sleeve of a shirt
in one's shirtsleeves or in shirtsleeves
: wearing a shirt but no coat

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First Known Use of shirtsleeve

circa 1566


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shirtsleeve

adjective \ ˈshərt-ˌslēvz \
variants: or less commonly shirtsleeves or shirtsleeved play \ˈshərt-ˌslēvd\

Definition of shirtsleeve

1 a : being without a coat
  • a shirtsleeve spectator
b : calling for the removal of coats for the sake of comfort or efficiency
  • shirtsleeve weather
2 : marked by informality and directness
  • shirtsleeve diplomacy

First Known Use of shirtsleeve

1842


SHIRTSLEEVE Defined for English Language Learners

shirtsleeve

noun

Definition of shirtsleeve for English Language Learners

  • : the sleeve of a shirt


shirtsleeve

adjective

Definition of shirtsleeve for English Language Learners

  • : not wearing a coat or jacket

  • : warm enough so that you do not need a coat or jacket

  • : informal and direct


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