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  • n. Used other than as an idiom: see lawn,‎ sleeves.
  • n. The sleeves of a bishop's ceremonial garments.
  • n. The bishops of the Anglican or Roman Catholic churches.

Etymologies

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From the sleeves of the bishops's robes, which were made of lawn ("fine linen").

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  • From lawn = "linen" sleeves. 18th-century ecclesiastical "fashion craze" in which the sleeves of the rochet expanded into a balloon shape, confined at the wrists by a ribbon, beyond which a ruffle projected.

    September 19, 2009