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Meaning of “sleeve” in the English Dictionary

"sleeve" in British English

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sleevenoun [C]

uk   us   /sliːv/
  • sleeve noun [C] (CLOTHING PART)

B1 (also arm) the ​part of a ​piece of ​clothing that ​covers some or all of the arm: short/​long sleeves The sleeves are too ​long for me. You'd ​better rollyour sleeves up or you'll get them ​dirty.

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  • sleeve noun [C] (COVER)

mainly UK (US also jacket) a ​cover to ​protect something: Can you put the ​record back in ​its sleeve, ​please? a tube-shaped ​covering to ​protect a ​part of a ​machine
  • sleeve noun [C] (TATTOO)

a tattoo (= ​permanentskindecoration) that ​covers the ​whole of someone's arm
(Definition of sleeve from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sleevenoun [C]

 us   /sliv/
the ​part of a ​piece of ​clothing that ​covers some or all of the ​arm: I ​wore the ​blackdress with the ​short sleeves.
(Definition of sleeve from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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