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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At Totokaelo’s flagship store at 190 Bowery, shoppers will find some of the brand’s most sought-after items, including Comme des Garçons x Louis Vuitton handbags, women’s runway looks from the ’90s, and a rare men’s staff cardigan from 1989. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Rare Comme des Garçons Clothes Are on Sale Right Now," 11 July 2018 Markle has already proved herself to be a royal unlike any other, at least clothing-wise, with her decisions to sometimes eschew cardigans and wear a messy bun at her wedding., "Meghan Markle Is A Royal On Her Own Terms — & Her Latest Look Is Proof," 9 June 2018 Just throw it on (cardigan polos are fair game) and roll. The Editors Of Gq Style, GQ, "Here‘s the Polo Shirt You Didn’t Know You Needed This Season," 1 May 2018 Prince George and Princess Charlotte Visit Royal Baby in the Hospital To ward off the afternoon chill, Charlotte added a favorite cotton cardigan from children’s wear label Amaia. Monique Jessen,, "Every Perfect Detail About Princess Charlotte’s Adorable Hospital Look," 24 Apr. 2018 The moving film takes viewers beyond MIster Rogers' cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination. David Caraccio, sacbee, "This trailer for Mister Rogers documentary tugs at heartstrings," 21 Mar. 2018 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

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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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