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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Take away those erudite writing-program authors in their tasteful cardigans. Deirdre Donahue, USA TODAY, "Our review: Anthony Bourdain's 'Kitchen Confidential' captured restaurants' demented glory," 8 June 2018 Cut to the big night: Trading in my cardigan for a stunning canary-yellow Rosie Assoulin dress was a surreal experience. Danai Gurira, Harper's BAZAAR, "Danai Gurira Opens Up About The Dress That Changed Her Life," 10 May 2018 Princess Charlotte borrowed older brother Prince George's cardigan for the occasion. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte's Clothes in New Pictures Are Very Significant," 7 May 2018 The navy blue cardigan Charlotte is wearing in Louis’ portrait is a hand-me-down from her big brother. Erin Hill,, "See How Prince Louis' First Portrait Stacks Up Against Charlotte's (Complete with Royal Kiss!)," 7 May 2018 In the pic, Charlotte has her hair back in a ponytail, and is wearing a familiar-looking blue cardigan with a white pattern along the collar. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte's Sweet Blue Sweater in Prince Louis's Portrait Is a Hand-Me-Down," 5 May 2018 Paris 99’s girly gingham frocks have made a splash all over Instagram, and can also be paired with a lightweight cardigan for the office. Alice Bell, Vogue, "Seasonal Shopping Slump? 6 Chic Transitional Staples to Take Into Spring," 13 Apr. 2018 New items include a shawl collar cardigan as an alternative to a blazer. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dressing for work no longer means 'dressing up' for work," 4 May 2018 The Trainspotting actor looked deep in conversation as Winstead, 33, looked relaxed by his side while wearing simple skinny jeans, a blue cardigan and boots. Alexia Fernandez,, "Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead Going Strong 6 Months After His Split from Wife," 6 Apr. 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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