Definition of sheaf noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʃiːf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃiːf//
    (pl. sheaves
    BrE BrE//ʃiːvz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃiːvz//
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  1. 1a number of pieces of paper tied or held together He waved a sheaf of documents at me.
  2. 2a bunch of wheat tied together after being cut
  3. Word OriginOld English scēaf, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schoof ‘sheaf’ and German Schaub ‘wisp of straw’, also to the verb shove.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sheaf