cleve

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English cleve, from Old English cleofa, cleafa (that which is cloven, a cleft, chasm, cave, den, lair, cell, chamber, cellar, apartment), from Proto-Germanic *klebô (chamber, cell), from Proto-Indo-European *gleubh- (to cut, cleave, split, divide). Cognate with Old Norse klefi (a closet, sleeping closet, bedroom) (whence Icelandic klefi (cell, compartment)). Related to cleave.

Noun[edit]

cleve (plural cleves)

  1. (Now chiefly dialectal) A room; chamber.
  2. (Now chiefly dialectal) A cottage.