lawn sleeves

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From the sleeves of the bishops' robes, which were made of lawn (fine linen).


lawn sleeves pl (plural only)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see lawn,‎ sleeves.
  2. The sleeves of a bishop's ceremonial garments.
    • 1800, The Parliamentary Register, volume 12, page 481, "House of Lords, Wedneday, July 23" 1800
      The LORD CHANCELLOR declared, that in his opinion, a bishop might vote either in his lawn sleeves, or in his robes ; and in proof of it, his Lordship said he hasd more than once seen Bishops vote in a Committee of Privileges without their lawn sleeves.
  3. The bishops of the Anglican or Roman Catholic churches.
    • 1777, “Debate on Lord C

--n's motion more amending the address”, in John Nichols, editor, The Gentleman's magazine[1], volume 47, E. Cave, page 606:

I shall implore the aid of the lawn sleeves and ermine on that occasion.
    • 1845, James Anthony Froude, John Tulloch, editor, Fraser's Magazine[2], volume 32, J. Fraser:
      “In the House of Lords, most likely. I rather think of bein there to-morrow night, and shal look sharpish after the lawn sleeves, you ma depend on’t."