car·​di·​gan | \ ˈkär-di-gən \

Definition of cardigan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually collarless sweater or jacket that opens the full length of the center front


geographical name
Car·​di·​gan | \ ˈkär-di-gən \
variants: or Cardiganshire \ -​ˌshir , -​shər \

Definition of Cardigan (Entry 2 of 2)

former county of western Wales; capital Aberystwyth

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Father-of-two Idris Elba (46) luxuriating in a cream cardigan? Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Daniel Day-Lewis, at 61, Was the Best-Dressed Man of 2018," 31 Dec. 2018 ShutterstockREX/Shutterstock Kate Middleton's latest outfit this week for an engagement with William—the to-die-for Emily Wickstead plaid midi skirt and perfectly tailored Brora black button up cardigan—was perfect for the holidays. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Kate Middleton's Love for Plaid Grew Over a Decade," 7 Dec. 2018 Pinterest's 2018 holiday report declares popcorn cardigans as one of the top holiday looks making its way onto user's boards this year. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Pinterest Says Popcorn Sweaters Are the Biggest Trend This Christmas," 7 Dec. 2018 So just as fans of Fred Rogers will always remember his trademark cardigans, Marshall will always be linked to her signature cursive L. Want more stories from The Goods by Vox? Nadra Nittle, Vox, "We have Penny Marshall to thank for the popularity of the monogram," 18 Dec. 2018 Both ladies wore faded mom jeans, and Kendall paired hers with a red turtleneck and white heels while Kaia rocked a hunter green cardigan and high-top converses. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner and Kaia Gerber’s Matching Outfits Are Probably in Your Closet Already," 19 Nov. 2018 Then-manager Arsène Wenger had long picked up his cardigans at Lanvin, so the partnership was from the heart and a fine way to promote Ossendrijver’s total menswear to a global audience of tens of millions. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "He Put the Man in Lanvin: Saluting Lucas Ossendrijver’s Tenure at the French Label," 15 Nov. 2018 From the pilot to the finale, her cardigans were perfectly worn in, the jeans were distressed just so, and the coats were oversize without looking frumpy or sad. Mekita Rivas, Glamour, "20 Years Later, Felicity Is Still The Ultimate Fall Fashion Lookbook," 28 Sep. 2018 Honestly, who can resist slipping into a sturdy pair of ankle boots, or wrapping up in a chunky cardigan? Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "13 Cool Sweatshirts I Need on My Body for Fall," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of cardigan


1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cardigan


James Thomas Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan †1868 English soldier

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The first known use of cardigan was in 1862

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English Language Learners Definition of cardigan

: a sweater that opens like a jacket and that is fastened in the front with buttons

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