\ ˈslēv How to pronounce sleeve (audio) \

Definition of sleeve

1a : a part of a garment covering an arm
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 wearwears 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 sleeve (audio) \ adjective
sleeveless \ ˈslēv-​ləs How to pronounce sleeve (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 This style is available in a men’s T-shirt ($24.99); a men’s long sleeve T-shirt ($29.99); and a men’s hoodie ($59.99). Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Ohio State Big Ten Champions 2020 gear, hats, shirts you can buy now in time for holidays, postseason," 19 Dec. 2020 Might the Trojans have something new up their sleeve to turn the tide in that department? Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC vs. UCLA matchups: Kedon Slovis faces a much-improved Bruins defense," 11 Dec. 2020 This seems like a must-win game for Gus Malzahn, but the Pirate, Mike Leach, should have some tricks up his sleeve in Starkville. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Upset-prone Auburn on notice for Mississippi State," 10 Dec. 2020 Always one to wear his indigenous Australian heritage on his sleeve, Mills decided to make that permanent. Jeff Mcdonald,, "For San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills, a season of Boomer or bust," 8 Dec. 2020 The Land Rover has a trick up its sleeve for water fording. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Land Rover Defender 110 SE Refines an Off-Road Icon," 26 Oct. 2020 Baylor’s delayed debut leaves some mystery as to what new offensive coordinator Larry Fedora has up his sleeve. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, "Baylor prediction: Will the Bears extend their long win streak against Kansas?," 24 Sep. 2020 So, of course, for spring ‘21, a fashion season unlike any other, Cowan had a surprise up his sleeve — one covered in sequins and wearing metallic cowboy boots. Eliza Huber,, "Christian Cowan’s NYFW Collab With Lil Nas X Gives Back To Black Queer Youth," 17 Sep. 2020 The rest of 2020 could have a few more nasty surprises up its sleeve. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Russia and China Wield Dull Wedges," 7 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of sleeve was before the 12th century

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30 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sleeve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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