a U-shaped yoke at the end of a chain or rod, between the ends of which a lever, hook, etc., can be pinned or bolted.

Origin of clevis

First recorded in 1585–95; akin to cleave2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clevis

Historical Examples of clevis

  • But Irish Fallon reached for him as he fumbled at the clevis.

    The Promise

    James B. Hendryx

  • Clevis—that part of a plow by which the drawing power is attached.

  • "The clevis is rather small, but it's the strongest I could find," Kenwyne said.

    Harding of Allenwood

    Harold Bindloss

  • The clevis is also used on some plows to regulate the width of the furrow.

    The First Book of Farming

    Charles L. Goodrich

  • With this clevis a loop can be made around any small log or tree without the trouble of cutting to fit the ring.

    Fox Trapping

    A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding

British Dictionary definitions for clevis



the U-shaped component of a shackle for attaching a drawbar to a plough or similar implement

Word Origin for clevis

C16: related to cleave 1
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Word Origin and History for clevis

"U-shaped iron bar with holes for a bolt or pin, used as a fastener," 1590s, of unknown origin, perhaps from the root of cleave (v.2). Also uncertain is whether it is originally a plural or a singular.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper