Definition of fleece in English:

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Pronunciation: /fliːs/


1The woolly covering of a sheep or goat: as the sheep came on board, we grabbed their long shaggy fleeces [mass noun]: he clutched the ram by two handfuls of thick fleece
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  • Goats feel the cold and dislike damp and wet as they don't have thick fleeces like sheep or tough hide like cows.
  • The higher the altitude and the colder the climate, the fleece of the goats is softer and thicker and conducive to be used for shawls.
  • Classed as a primitive breed, they bear little resemblance to more common types of sheep with thick white fleeces.
1.1The wool shorn from a sheep in a single piece at one time: the shed can be used for storing fleeces
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  • The heavy fleece shorn from these lambs is of exceptional quality and very, very soft.
  • These padded garments, now known as gambesons, were made by sewing fleeces, raw wool or layers of woollen cloth between two layers of linen, felt or leather.
  • Before the hard times, she had simply sold her fleeces to the British Wool Board.
wool, coat, hair, fur, pelt
1.2 Heraldry A representation of a fleece suspended from a ring.
2 [mass noun] A soft warm fabric with a texture similar to sheep’s wool, used as a lining material: [as modifier]: a reversible fleece jacket
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  • Fusing American Indian imagery with functional fleece, cotton and Lycra, she produces snow boarding hats, tops and coats in earthy shades.
  • How important a role does polar or micro fleece play in your outerwear line?
  • I hardly noticed the chill in the air through my jacket and layers of fleece as a light rain began to fall, and the liquid movement of my paddle made me feel completely at one with the water.
2.1A jacket or other garment made from a fleece fabric.
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  • For the first time, the contract will involve the supply of the entire Garda uniform, including a blouson jacket with zip-in fleece, shirts, trousers and boots.
  • He was ‘scruffy’, wearing a dark jacket, grey fleece, hat and khaki trousers.
  • He is 30 minutes late and hardly cuts an imposing figure, dressed shabbily in an old pair of tracksuit bottoms and trainers, polo shirt and fleece.


[with object]
1 informal Obtain a great deal of money from (someone), typically by overcharging or swindling them: the city’s cab drivers are notorious for fixing fares and fleecing tourists
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  • Whilst I found it all a bit depressing to see yet another way to fleece people of their money, my seven year old really likes it.
  • Should I tell him that he is crazy or should I say nothing and let her fleece him of his money?
  • This type of spam - which fleeces people by tricking them into calling a premium-rate number - is no longer a relatively small-scale concern, claimed the watchdog.
2 literary Cover as if with a fleece: the sky was half blue, half fleeced with white clouds


Old English flēos, flēs, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch vlies and German Vlies.

Words that rhyme with fleece

anis, apiece, Berenice, caprice, cassis, cease, coulisse, crease, Dumfries, fils, geese, grease, Greece, kris, lease, Lucrece, MacNeice, Matisse, McAleese, Nice, niece, obese, peace, pelisse, police, Rees, Rhys, set piece, sublease, surcease, two-piece, underlease

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