\ 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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In the second outfit, Yara did a complete 180 wearing a long sleeve cropped shirt by NANUSHKA (that is still available here for $220) and a pair of TRE by Natalie Ratabesi wide leg jeans. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Yara Shahidi Wore 3 Outfits in 1 Day and I Need to Talk About Them," 3 Jan. 2019 On the big day, the three-year-old princess wore a white short-sleeve Givenchy bridesmaid dress with her monogrammed footwear. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Talk About the Hidden Details in Prince George and Princess Charlotte's Royal Wedding Looks," 26 Oct. 2018 There's a navy skirt suit with white gloves from the 1940s, a teal and orange short-sleeve number from the 1970s, and a dirt brown men's two-piece suit from the 1980s. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Delta's Latest Safety Video Is All About the Uniforms," 23 Aug. 2018 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said people can avoid contracting the virus by wearing long sleeves, bug spray and spend less time outside when mosquitoes are active. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Mosquito bite sends North Carolina boy, 6, to ICU," 14 Aug. 2018 One man wore a white T-shirt with black pants and a black hat, while the other wore a blue and yellow plaid, short sleeve, buttoned shirt and light-colored pants with a white baseball cap, the video showed. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Thieves steal diamond rings worth $45,000, police say," 11 July 2018 Last month, Meghan made an appearance at the nuptials of Princess Diana’s niece Celia McCorquodale wearing a white long-sleeve Oscar de la Renta dress decorated with a cornflower blue floral toile print. Jillian Ruffo,, "Selena Gomez Borrows from Meghan Markle's Wardrobe in the Sexy Version of Her Wedding Guest Dress," 2 July 2018 While the blouses and skirts are all lovely choices, this short-sleeve dress is a personal favorite. Diana Tsui, The Cut, "A Sophisticated Tie-Dye Dress You Can Wear to Work," 23 May 2018 Short-sleeve button-downs cost $88 apiece, while suits go for about $600. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Trendy menswear store announced as new Ice Blocks tenant | The Sacramento Bee," 3 May 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


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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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