car·​di·​gan ˈkär-di-gən How to pronounce cardigan (audio)
: a usually collarless sweater or jacket that opens the full length of the center front

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Stylist Jojo Fetterman curated a cream look that included a cable knit cardigan from Mechali, a turtleneck from Loro Piana and pleated pants from Issey Miyake. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2023 Later on at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Gomez wore a navy Chanel cardigan with matching wide-leg pants, Tabitha Simmons sandals and Messika hoop earrings at the photocall for The Dead Don't Die. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2023 Cozy up with a cashmere sweater this winter or pop on a cozy easy-to-style cardigan. Daisy Maldonado, SELF, 5 Jan. 2023 Khai is wearing tie-dye pants and a tan cardigan, and Bella is in a long khaki coat, sneakers, and a baseball cap. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 18 Dec. 2022 Two weeks after being sworn in as U.S. president in 1977, Jimmy Carter donned a beige cardigan in the White House during a wintertime fireside chat as a symbolic gesture to encourage a more parsimonious ethos. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Dec. 2022 And as for the pricetag of that infamous Khaite cashmere bra and cardigan set? Liam Hess, Vogue, 10 Dec. 2022 Matching cardigan and pant sets combine knitted stripes in juxtaposing shades of orange or blue or both; satin scarves and Heattech turtlenecks are coated in hallucination-chic patterns. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Dec. 2022 To keep things merry (not everyone will see possibilities in a tiny cardigan), always include a receipt so the gift can be exchanged, said Ms. Swann. Faran Krentcil And Todd Plummer, WSJ, 1 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cardigan was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Cardigan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


car·​di·​gan ˈkärd-i-gən How to pronounce cardigan (audio)
: a usually collarless sweater opening down the front

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Car·​di·​gan ˈkär-di-gən How to pronounce Cardigan (audio)
variants or Cardiganshire
former county of western Wales; capital Aberystwyth

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