[ klev-is ]
/ ˈklɛv ɪs /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for clevis


/ (ˈklɛvɪs) /


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.

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