\ˈslēv \

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 \ adjective
sleeveless \ˈslēv-ləs \ adjective

Examples of sleeve in a Sentence

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

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From the back, the J. Mendel style featured cape-like sleeves that draped from her shoulders. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Melania Trump Wears Yellow J.Mendel Gown to State Dinner in England," 13 July 2018 One sleeve is covered by the tight white neck of a crane-head puppet with a moveable beak. Washington Post, "Louisiana’s whooping crane comeback: 5 chicks this year," 13 July 2018 The Premier League has allowed clubs to wear sleeve sponsors since the start of last season, but United had remained one of the few not to take the plunge until now., "Man Utd Unveil American Kitchen & Bathroom Giant Kohler as Club's First Ever Sleeve Sponsor," 12 July 2018 And there was a refresh of his Champion sportswear pieces in subtle Malibu tones, like the hoodie with contrasting sleeves in sandy brown and pale pink. Vincent Boucher, The Hollywood Reporter, "New York Men’s Fashion Week Ends on High Note with Todd Snyder Show," 12 July 2018 For example, Middleton's dress today featured shorter sleeves and a more fitted skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Channeled the Dress She Wore to the Royal Wedding," 10 July 2018 Grant is the trick up law enforcement’s sleeve to make sure officers keep up. Chris Stokel-walker, The Atlantic, "The Linguist Who Helps Police Catch Child Predators," 10 July 2018 Character, like elegance and smiles, fell from Pat’s sleeve. David Netto, Town & Country, "Remembering Texan Hostess Pat Breen," 6 July 2018 Photo: Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto/Zuma Press As of late, the nation that invented the 35-hour workweek has been rolling up its sleeves. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France, on the Brink of a World Cup Win, Has the Bleus," 13 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 \

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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one that holds something together

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