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 Cardiganshire (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 This cardigan pulls together a look with easy polish. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "The best home and fashion deals from Walmart’s Big Save event," 12 Oct. 2020 In February, for a performance on the TODAY show, Harry Styles wore a patchwork cardigan by British brand JW Anderson. Irina Grechko,, "An Ode To Harry Styles’ Sweater Style," 7 Oct. 2020 Don't want to spend $100-plus on the Barefoot Dreams cardigan? Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "12 cozy things you can buy with thousands of rave reviews," 28 Sep. 2020 Wearing slippers and a long cardigan, Josefina Cabral circles the parking lot with a husky named Luna. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "Trying to restart life from a roadside motel after the wildfires burn out," 29 Sep. 2020 According to Billboard, Swift sent the same cardigan to about a dozen other TikTok stars, including Jayden Bartels and Kelsea Ballerini. Eliza Huber,, "From Harry Styles To Taylor Swift: Why Are Cardigans Trending On TikTok?," 20 Aug. 2020 When Mia comes out wearing a yellow cardigan over her black dress, she's hurt to see him in green. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "What is a Stoplight Party from "Love, Victor"?," 22 June 2020 Striped Sweater Tee in Pastel Green ($25, originally $69.50; Pair it with fall and winter’s button-down skirts in midi and mini lengths — or jeans and your favorite long cardigan. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Save big on clothing during Frank And Oak’s first ever Digital Warehouse Sale," 16 Sep. 2020 Sarandon is a welcome, prickly presence, unyielding in her intention to go out with at least some faculties intact, and Neil makes for a warm, crinkly-eyed corrective; six feet of concerned kindness wrapped in a shawl-collar cardigan. Leah Greenblatt,, "Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet take the lead in stagy end-of-life melodrama Blackbird: Review," 16 Sep. 2020

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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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19 Oct 2020

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“Cardigan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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