sleet

noun
\ ˈslēt How to pronounce sleet (audio) \

Definition of sleet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: frozen or partly frozen rain

sleet

verb
sleeted; sleeting; sleets

Definition of sleet (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to shower sleet

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Other Words from sleet

Noun

sleety \ ˈslē-​tē How to pronounce sleet (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sleet in a Sentence

Noun The snow turned to sleet and made driving very dangerous.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Casey Mallinckrodt, objects conservator at the Atheneum, said this is possibly the first time the statue, which has endured rain, hail, sleet, snow and increasingly polluted air for 128 years, has been cleaned. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 8 July 2021 The rain could mix with a bit of sleet or wet snow, but above freezing temperatures mean no accumulation of frozen precipitation on the roads. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2021 In central Texas, where many roads have already been impassible for days, another barrage of sleet and snow was expected late into Wednesday evening. Maria Jimenez Moya, Star Tribune, 18 Feb. 2021 The gondola, meantime, can run in rain, sleet or snow without much of a hitch. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 June 2021 The city may pick up as much as 2 inches of snow overnight, along with ice and sleet, the National Weather Service said. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 15 Feb. 2021 Below-freezing temperatures are expected in parts of Arkansas on Wednesday and Thursday nights, bringing a chance for snow, sleet or freezing rain, the briefing states. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, 28 Dec. 2020 Neither rain nor snow nor hail nor sleet – or even the new Juneteenth federal holiday – will stop the mail. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, 17 June 2021 As the convoy drove into town, the entire community lined the streets in the rain and sleet. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Snow mixes with and changes to sleet and freezing rain west of I-95. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2020 Rim of the World High in Lake Arrowhead practiced through snow and sleet this week leading up to its season opener. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2021 With three-layer waterproof material on the shoulders and hood, this soft shell snowboard jacket or ski jacket provides more protection from snow, rain, and sleet than most soft shells. Outdoor Life, 16 Mar. 2021 Snow becomes heavier into midday and afternoon as a band of snow and sleet spreads slowly north and east across the metro area. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 15 Mar. 2021 What comes down in Chicagoland might be a wintry mix of rain, snow and sleet rather than pure snow, Borchardt said, including less than half an inch of rain. Leslie Bonilla, chicagotribune.com, 12 Mar. 2021 Upward of 184,000 Texas homes are without electricity at the time of publishing, down from a high of 3.8 million on Monday, following unusually frigid weather coupled with snow and sleet throughout the state. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, 19 Feb. 2021 Here, the initial period of snow Wednesday midday would probably be brief before changing to sleet and freezing rain and possibly plain rain in the afternoon. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2020 The city is forecasted to receive snow and sleet into Wednesday. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, 17 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of sleet

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sleet

Noun

Middle English slete; akin to Middle High German slōz hailstone

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The first known use of sleet was in the 13th century

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“Sleet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sleet. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for sleet

sleet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sleet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: frozen or partly frozen rain

sleet

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sleet (Entry 2 of 2)

used with it to say that sleet is falling

sleet

noun
\ ˈslēt How to pronounce sleet (audio) \

Kids Definition of sleet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: frozen or partly frozen rain

sleet

verb
sleeted; sleeting

Kids Definition of sleet (Entry 2 of 2)

: to shower sleet

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