Definition of sleet in US English:

sleet

noun

  • 1A form of precipitation consisting of ice pellets, often mixed with rain or snow.

    • ‘Through the wind whistling and the sleet pounding on the cobblestones, the old priest made his way to the place where Caryl was lying exhausted after the hours of childbirth.’
    • ‘Temperatures rose overnight and the snow was replaced by sleet and rain.’
    • ‘So far the team have had to put up with rain, sleet and snow but are confident they will finish the challenge.’
    • ‘Rain, hail, sleet or snow, the game will continue and no overs will be lost.’
    • ‘So many people standing in all the rain, sleet and snow.’
    • ‘Twenty four hours ago I was complaining about the sleet, snow, and freezing temperatures.’
    • ‘Snow, sleet, driving rain and gale force winds were sweeping across the north west today (Saturday).’
    • ‘He climbed back onto his horse, feeling the sleet come down on him again.’
    • ‘We had sunshine, rain, hail and sleet and incredibly strong winds throughout the day.’
    • ‘Weather experts predict rain and sleet in York and snow on the North York Moors, with temperatures dipping to - 2C or 28.4F tonight.’
    • ‘The precipitation was on that borderline between sleet and just frigid rain.’
    • ‘Northerly weather can bring cold conditions with snow and sleet in the winter, and cool, showery rain in the summer, particularly along the Eastern edge of Britain.’
    • ‘The warmth and pleasantness of the riviera always comes as a delightful contrast to the sleet and snow of the preceding five days.’
    • ‘Be prepared to fish in hostile conditions of rain, sleet and snow with a chill wind biting your flesh, and with weed clogging your line.’
    • ‘Eric headed home alone, I needed time to think, the sleet had turned to rain, but I didn't mind being wet.’
    • ‘The photo is slightly murky because of the sleet sheeting down from the sky and the fact that I'm trying to keep my arm from blowing off.’
    • ‘The snow fell outside, sleet tapping on the window.’
    • ‘Snow, sleet and rain had swept Britain during the night.’
    • ‘The game almost descended into farce with the sleet making any meaningful rugby impossible.’
    • ‘Showers, sometimes of sleet or snow will not be uncommon when the wind is in the north or north-west.’
    • ‘As long as the north wind blows, and the snow and the sleet drive over the forests and fields, we may be poor, but we must be a hardy, a virtuous, a daring, and if we are worthy of our ancestors, a dominant race.’
    • ‘Outside, a woman walked along the wet lamp-lit sidewalk through the sleet and snow.’
    • ‘I was right, but I was wrong about what the sleet was foreshadowing.’
    • ‘My lesson was inside, because the outdoor arena was too mucky from the sleet.’
    • ‘Precipitation occurs in a variety of forms, including fog, drizzle, rain, sleet, hail, and snow.’
    • ‘You have to have a real commitment to do that in rain, sleet and snow.’
    • ‘The next day, I stood outside the front entrance of the high school in the cold, barely feeling the sleet as it rained down around me, knotting in my hair and pooling at my feet.’
    • ‘Conditions were described as mixed hail / sleet / snow.’
    • ‘The bad conditions were caused when the snow, sleet and rain which fell yesterday froze later in the evening.’
    • ‘I'm bracing up for the sleet that is coming our way this afternoon.’
    • ‘She sat up in bed, looking out her window at the sleet pouring down it.’
    • ‘She just hoped they would arrive before the ever-darkening clouds let loose with a soaking rain, sleet, or snow.’
    • ‘During the climb weather conditions deteriorated to such an extent that the group and their guides faced snow, sleet and rain showers during the ascent.’
    • ‘Then the sleet turned to snow, and it was gently floating in the air and rushing towards us as we drove into it.’
    • ‘The sheer variety and unpredictability of our weather is a unique characteristic of this country - an often constantly changing kaleidoscope of sun, wind, rain, sleet and snow.’
    • ‘A great time was had by all despite the sleet, hail, snow, rain, wind, blisters, and aching knees.’
    • ‘However, if rain, sleet or snow are on the weather menu, who knows?’
    • ‘The lower-lying southern part of the country was also expected to be affected by sleet and snow showers.’
    • ‘Staring out the glass doors I saw that the sleet was, now, a curtain of snow.’
    • ‘More significantly, I ceased to notice the rain, the sleet and the force - 10 gale.’
    1. 1.1US A thin coating of ice formed by sleet or rain freezing on contact with a cold surface.
      • ‘The wipers went to work, pushing the sleet and snow from the windshield.’
      • ‘Elongated strips of icicles dangled from the sides of the shed ceiling, and a thin film of sleet enveloped everything else.’
      • ‘It never snowed in Austin, but that morning there was definitely sleet on the ground.’
      • ‘They're pretty slick from the sleet that's built up.’
      • ‘They slip and fall all over the place as the sleet is piling up.’

verb

[no object]it sleets", "it is sleeting, etc.
  • Sleet falls.

    ‘it was sleeting so hard we could barely see’
    • ‘A couple of months ago it was snowing and sleeting but the group still managed to get people out.’
    • ‘A rain machine sends water sleeting down as two carriages lumber into action and Fagin's lone figure hobbles back along the street.’
    • ‘The wind had been howling for three days now, a storm from the east that whistled across the high tops and dumped sudden squalls of sleeting rain in the valleys.’
    • ‘But it's been sleeting for the last ten minutes and you've been standing out in it.’
    • ‘It was sleeting, and my team spotted a ribbon of smoke in the forest and wheeled off the road to a campfire, around which huddled six Lithuanian cyclists.’
    • ‘I could walk to the tube… but that isn't an appealing prospect when it's sleeting!’
    • ‘The next crossing was the Birch Creek Valley, and it was sleeting.’
    • ‘All was silent for a while as the pair of them watched the rain sleeting down from the cloudy sky above, not halting once on its flight to the ground.’
    • ‘Life is still much the same: a constant battle against the elements, as wind and sleeting rain batter the coal-mining land to black slush and mud.’
    • ‘Well, it may be raining, it may be sleeting, it may be freezing on the streets of Philadelphia, but that hasn't prevented hundreds from coming out to say they're against this war.’
    • ‘What about taking photographs when it's actually snowing or sleeting?’
    • ‘For all I cared it could've been sleeting down and blowing a gale: I felt better than I had for a long time.’
    • ‘Wind and sleeting rain found its way into the tavern as a man stepped in.’
    • ‘It starts to sleet and the judge, Papa, and Grandpa want to turn back.’
    • ‘Car windows are always better open, even if it is raining, sleeting, or well below freezing outside.’
    • ‘Two minutes later, it was sleeting and hailing, we were both soaked to the skin, and we were both miserable.’
    • ‘There are two inches of snow on the course and it was snowing and sleeting there today.’
    • ‘He saw the shafts sleet down across the fort, and his heart rejoiced, for surely nothing could live under the merciless beating of that steel-pointed blizzard!’

Origin

Middle English: of Germanic origin; probably related to Middle Low German slōten (plural) ‘hail’ and German Schlosse ‘hailstone’.

Pronunciation

sleet

/slēt//slit/