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From Middle English sleve, from Old English slīefe, slēfe. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Sleeuwe (sleeve).



sleeve (plural sleeves)

  1. The part of a garment that covers the arm. [from 10th c.]
    The sleeves on my coat are too long.
  2. A (usually tubular) covering or lining to protect a piece of machinery etc. [from 19th c.]
    This bearing requires a sleeve so the shaft will fit snugly.
  3. A protective jacket or case, especially for a record, containing art and information about the contents; also the analogous leaflet found in a packaged CD. [from 20th c.]
  4. A narrow channel of water.
    • Drayton
      the Celtic Sea, called oftentimes the Sleeve
  5. sleave; untwisted thread.
  6. (British Columbia) A serving of beer measuring between 14 and 16 ounces.
  7. (US) A long, cylindrical plastic bag of cookies or crackers.
    • 2012, Half A Sleeve Of Oreos Lost In House Fire", The Onion, May 5, 2012:
      A three-alarm fire tore through a family home on Newark's East Side early Saturday morning, completely gutting the two-story residence and tragically claiming a half-sleeve of Oreo cookies that was trapped inside a cupboard.

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sleeve (third-person singular simple present sleeves, present participle sleeving, simple past and past participle sleeved)

  1. (transitive) to fit a sleeve to


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