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lawn sleeves

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  1. (used with a plural verb) the sleeves of lawn forming part of the dress of an Anglican bishop.
  2. (used with a singular verb) the office of an Anglican bishop.
  3. (used with a singular or plural verb) an Anglican bishop or bishops.
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Origin of lawn sleeves

First recorded in 1630–40
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • By-the-by, did you ever hear how near I was once to the lawn-sleeves and the bench?

    Footprints of Former Men in Far Cornwall

    Robert S. Hawker

  • So the naked truth, carefully veiled from view in episcopal aprons and lawn-sleeves, was now displayed in all its native charm.

    Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography

    George William Erskine Russell