The part of your clothing that covers your arm (or part of your arm) is a sleeve. Some t-shirts have long sleeves, others have short sleeves, and your tank top doesn't have any sleeves at all.

On a hot day, you might roll up the sleeves of your shirt, or you might change into one with short sleeves (or no sleeves at all, also known as sleeveless). Another kind of sleeve is a container or protective covering, like a record sleeve or a sleeve of crackers. If you have something "up your sleeve," it means you're hiding something to use later in a surprising way.

Definitions of sleeve

n the part of a garment that is attached at the armhole and that provides a cloth covering for the arm

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dolman sleeve
a sleeve with a large armhole and tight cuff
long sleeve
a sleeve extending from shoulder to wrist
raglan sleeve
a sleeve that extends in one piece to the neckline of a coat or sweater with seams from the armhole to the neck
the sleeve of a shirt
short sleeve
a sleeve extending from the shoulder to the elbow
Type of:
cloth covering
a covering made of cloth

n small case into which an object fits

record cover, record sleeve
a sleeve for storing a phonograph record
Type of:
a portable container for carrying several objects

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