:other|Sleeve (disambiguation)

Sleeve (O. Eng. "slieve", or "slyf", a word allied to "slip", cf. Dutch "sloof") is that part of a garment which covers the arm, or through which the arm passes or slips. The pattern of the sleeve is one of the characteristics of fashion in dress, varying in every country and period. Various survivals of the early forms of sleeve are still found in the different types of academic or other robes. Where the long hanging sleeve is worn it has, as still in China and Japan, been used as a pocket, whence has come the phrase "to have up one's sleeve", to have something concealed ready to produce. There are many other proverbial and metaphorical expressions associated with the sleeve, such as "to wear one's heart upon one's sleeve", and "to laugh in one's sleeve".

Sleeves can either be long or short. They are long on most shirts, but short on others, including sportshirts.

Types of sleeves

*"Batwing sleeve", a long sleeve with a very deep armhole, tapering towards the wrist. Also known as a "magyar" sleeve.
*"Bell sleeve", a long sleeve that is fitted from the shoulder to wrist and gently flared from wrist onward. The bell sleeve is very similar to the poet sleeve, but has a "cleaner look," often without ruffles.
*"Bishop sleeve", a long sleeve, fuller at the bottom than the top, and gathered into a cuff (1940s)
*"Cap sleeve", a very short sleeve not extending below armpit level
*"Dolman sleeve", a long sleeve that is very wide at the top and narrow at the wrist
*"Gigot sleeve" or "leg of mutton sleeve", a sleeve that is extremely wide over the upper arm and narrow from the elbow to the wrist
*"Hanging sleeve", a sleeve that opens down the side or front, or at the elbow, to allow the arm to pass through (14th, 15th, and 16th centuries.)
*"Juliette sleeve", a long, tight sleeve with a puff at the top, inspired by fashions of the Italian Renaissance and named after Shakespeare's tragic heroine; popular from the Empire period through the 1820s in fashion, again in the late 1960s under the influence of Zeffirelli's film
*"Pagoda sleeve", a wide, bell-shaped sleeve popular in the 1860s, worn over an engageante or false undersleeve
*"Paned sleeve", a sleeve made in "panes" or panels, allowing a lining or shirt-sleeve to show through (16th and 17th centuries)
*"Poet sleeve", a long sleeve fitted from shoulder to elbow, and then flared (somewhat dramatically) from elbow to wrist (or sometimes mid-hand). Often features ruffles on the cuffs.
*"Puffed" or "puff sleeve", a short, full sleeve gathered at the top and bottom, now most often seen on wedding and children's clothing
*"Raglan sleeve", a sleeve that extends to the neckline
*"Set-in sleeve", a sleeve sewn into an armhole ("armscye")
*"Two-piece sleeve", a sleeve cut in two pieces, inner and outer, to allow the sleeve to take a slight "L" shape to accommodate the natural bend at the elbow without wrinkling; used in tailored garments
*"Virago sleeve", a full "paned" or "pansied" sleeve gathered into two puffs by a ribbon or fabric band above the elbow, worn in the 1620s and 1630s.
*"3/4 Length Sleeve", a sleeve which extends from the shoulder to a length mid-way between the elbow and the wrist. It was common in the United States in the 1950s and again 21st century.


*Oxford English Dictionary
*Picken, Mary Brooks: "The Fashion Dictionary", Funk and Wagnalls, 1957.

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  • Sleeve — Sleeve, n. [OE. sleeve, sleve, AS. sl?fe, sl?fe; akin to sl?fan to put on, to clothe; cf. OD. sloove the turning up of anything, sloven to turn up one s sleeves, sleve a sleeve, G. schlaube a husk, pod.] 1. The part of a garment which covers the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Sleeve — Sleeve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sleeved} (sl[=e]vd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sleeving}.] To furnish with sleeves; to put sleeves into; as, to sleeve a coat. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sleeve — [sli:v] n [: Old English; Origin: sliefe] 1.) the part of a piece of clothing that covers all or part of your arm ▪ a dress with long sleeves long sleeved/short sleeved etc ▪ a short sleeved shirt 2.) have sth up your sleeve informal to have a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sleeve — ► NOUN 1) the part of a garment that wholly or partly covers a person s arm. 2) a protective paper or cardboard cover for a record. 3) a protective or connecting tube fitting over a rod, spindle, or smaller tube. 4) a windsock. ● up one s sleeve… …   English terms dictionary

  • sleeve — [slēv] n. [ME sleve < OE sliefe, akin to Du sloof, apron: for IE base see SLIP3] 1. that part of a garment that covers an arm or part of an arm 2. a tube or tubelike part fitting over or around another part 3. a thin paper or plastic cover for …   English World dictionary

  • Sleeve — (sl[=e]v), n. See {Sleave}, untwisted thread. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sleeve — [ sliv ] noun count ** 1. ) the part of a piece of clothing that covers your arm: short/long sleeves: a dress with long sleeves 2. ) a paper or plastic cover that protects something such as a record or book a ) a tube that surrounds and protects… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sleeve — (n.) O.E. sliefe (W.Saxon), slefe (Mercian), from P.Gmc. *slaubjon (Cf. M.L.G. sloven to dress carelessly, O.H.G. sloufen to put on or off ). Related to O.E. sliefan put on (clothes) and slupan to slip, glide, from PIE root *sleubh to slide, slip …   Etymology dictionary

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