\ ˈslēv How to pronounce sleeve (audio) \

Definition of sleeve

1a : a part of a garment covering an arm
b : sleevelet
2a : a tubular part (such 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 sense 3c(2)
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

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Other Words from sleeve

sleeved \ ˈslēvd How to pronounce sleeved (audio) \ adjective
sleeveless \ ˈslēv-​ləs How to pronounce sleeveless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sleeve in a Sentence

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

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Lay tops facedown, fold in the sleeves and roll from the bottom up. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "14 Genius Packing Tips to Help You Travel Like a Pro," 9 Apr. 2019 In a snap from costar Eric Underwood's Instagram, Swift can be seen in a short-sleeve, high-neck dress with an allover leopard pattern. Glamour, "Taylor Swift Wore Animal Print to the Cats Wrap Party, Because of Course She Did," 2 Apr. 2019 At Alexander McQueen, Victorian aesthetics mingled with gothic sensibility in the form of a suit with a train and slits in the sleeves. Vogue, "2000s or 1800s? Why Fashion Is Revisiting the Victorian Era," 27 Mar. 2019 The breakout series won’t be all roll-up-your-sleeves renovations—viewers can also expect a more candid component, too. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "What to Know About Christina El Moussa's New Show 'Christina on the Coast'," 24 Mar. 2019 George, who is attending the ceremony in the Chapel Royal at St. James' Palace in London alongside parents William, Kate, and Charlotte, showed up for his little bro's big day in a short-sleeve, collared shirt and (of course) shorts. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Prince George Has Just Arrived at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 The Mulleavy sisters over at Rodarte did white blouses with puffed sleeves that touched the heavens at their Fall 2019 show. Vogue, "2000s or 1800s? Why Fashion Is Revisiting the Victorian Era," 27 Mar. 2019 Travis wore a suave black suit and Kylie stunned in an artsy powder pink jumpsuit with massive statement sleeves. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Walked the 2019 Grammys Red Carpet Together Amid Engagement Rumors," 11 Feb. 2019 The Reds will wear white with a checked print, with grey sleeves and red trim, keeping in tradition with familiar away and third kit designs seen in years gone by., "PHOTO: Liverpool Unveil Trendy New Third Kit Ahead of 2018/19 Season," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of sleeve

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

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of sleeve

: 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


\ ˈslēv How to pronounce sleeve (audio) \

Kids Definition of sleeve

1 : the part of a piece of clothing covering the arm
2 : a part that fits over or around something like a sleeve
up someone's sleeve
: held secretly in reserve Watch him. He's got something up his sleeve.

Other Words from sleeve

sleeved \ ˈslēvd \ adjective
sleeveless \ ˈslēv-​ləs \ adjective

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