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(Plate-slefe,) Plait-sleif, n. Also: plate-, plaitt-, pleat-, plet-, pleit- and plur. -slevis, -slewis, -es, -sleivis, -es, -sleaves, -sleiffis. [Plate n.1 4 c.] A sleeve consisting of or reinforced by plate-armour. ? Chiefly or only, a sleeve of cloth with a steel plate or plates sewn into it between the outer cloth and a lining (C. R. Beard s.v. Plate sleeves). 1571 Bann. Memor. 152.
Bring with thé ane horse, a jak, steilbonnet, plaitsleivis, speiris
1578–9 Reg. Privy C. III. 107.
1580 Elgin Rec. I. 156.
Nedir freman nor onfreman within this burgh … sall beir or weir jak, pleit slewis, culvering [etc.] … upon tham within the said burgh
1590 Thanes of Cawdor 197.
For thrie quarteris of tuydill to his plait slewis … for tua ell of knettingis to the handis of them
1590 Edinb. Test. XXII. 163 b.
His … suord gantelatt & plate sleuis
1593 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I. 291.
[To] Cuthbert Reddik, jakmaker, for ane pair of plait slewis
1600 Misc. Bann. C. I. 148.
To put on my secreit and my plait sleif [v.r. plaitt sleaves]
1604 Shetland Sheriff Ct. (ed.) 154.
Ane pair pleitsleiffis worthe fyve pundis
1608 Inverurie B. Ct. 13 May.
1608 Paisley B. Rec. 285.
1614 Thanes of Cawdor 219.
Pleat slewis
1624 Peebles B. Rec. I. 364.
Ane steill bonnet and ane pair of pletsieuis
1644 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II. 713.
Plaitt sleives
a1646 Wedderburn Voc. (1709) 15.
Manica ferrea, plate sleives
1671 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. III. 293.
Weill mounted with … swords and hulster pistolls and pleat sleives

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