car·​di·​gan | \ ˈkär-di-gən How to pronounce cardigan (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Cardigan (audio) \
variants: or Cardiganshire \ ˈkär-​di-​gən-​ˌshir How to pronounce Cardigan (audio) , -​shər \

Definition of Cardigan (Entry 2 of 2)

former county of western Wales; capital Aberystwyth

Examples of cardigan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Amazon best-seller is beloved by over 1,500 shoppers who have given the cardigan a perfect five-star rating. Sanah Faroke,, 26 Sep. 2021 According to Vepsäläinen, the cardigan reached astronomic success because anyone who learns how to make its basic stitches can recreate it at home. Frances Solá-santiago,, 22 Sep. 2021 Megan Fox's latest street style look further affirms the midriff-baring cardigan as one of summer's hottest staples. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Aug. 2021 Daley showed off the cardigan in a video posted to social media. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2021 There are even stylish options for your littles, including mini Nap Dresses in three colorways and tiny versions of the statement collar cardigan. Betsy Cribb, Southern Living, 15 June 2021 Vogue stylist Gabriella Karefa-Johnson dressed Bieber in a black cardigan secured only by a tiny gold button and a large gold paper clip at the breastbone for a recent beach fashion shoot in the magazine. Eliza Huber,, 9 July 2021 Kim Kardashian just stepped out this week in a single-button cardigan while vacationing in Italy (see the photo here). Hanna Flanagan,, 1 July 2021 Remember when Katie Holmes stepped out in that Khaite cardigan and matching bralette? Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 19 May 2021

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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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“Cardigan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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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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