\ 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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Stites and Jordan collected an iPhone with a purple case, an AK-47 with six magazines and a 12-gauge shotgun with a stock sleeve for extra shells from Wilson’s bedroom. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, "A teen allegedly wanted to ‘shoot 400 people for fun.’ Cops found an AK-47 in her bedroom.," 17 Sep. 2019 Once in full uniform, Beckham still had the watch on, but also had a purple sleeve on his left arm. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Odell Beckham Jr. wears an acrylic Richard Mille watch during pregame; Rashard Higgins among Browns inactives," 16 Sep. 2019 Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long sleeves when outside, especially at dusk. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "More mosquito-borne dengue fever cases reported in South Florida," 13 Sep. 2019 The governor was in good spirits, hunched over a glass of Coke, with his right sleeve rolled up and his cowboy boots planted on the base of his stool. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "Democratic Debate Night with Steve Bullock, the Last Governor in the Presidential Race," 13 Sep. 2019 Also featured is a blue and red collar, with blue sleeve cuffs., "Barcelona Unveil New Third Kit Featuring Smart 1990's Throwback Design," 12 Sep. 2019 Chance was last seen wearing a short sleeve button-up Wrangler shirt, dark blue Wrangler jeans, roper-style boots and a black and white trucker hat. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Family fears the worst two months after Wyoming man Chance Englebert vanishes from Gering, Nebraska," 11 Sep. 2019 Sew fake arms to sides of remaining sweatshirt, under sleeves. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Three-Headed Four-Armed Monster," 9 Sep. 2019 This comes as a prelude to the final shock, which is very much the ace up the film's sleeve. Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Sleepwalkers' ('Los Sonámbulos'): Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 2019

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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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