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 \ -​ˌshir How to pronounce Cardiganshire (audio) , -​shər \

Definition of Cardigan (Entry 2 of 2)

former county of western Wales; capital Aberystwyth

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Today, a man like Mr. Martinez could satisfy his leopard craving with a woolly cardigan from Stella McCartney or a black-and-white fleece jacket by Los Angeles upstart Noon Goons. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Who Needs Gender? Why Men and Women Are Dressing Identically," 21 Feb. 2019 Estelle sported a white shirt under a pink cardigan, while her mother wore a black sweater over a white collared shirt. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Crown Princess Victoria Takes Her Daughter, Princess Estelle, on a Tour Through the Royal Treasury," 11 Jan. 2019 Giorgio Armani cardigan, $2,995, Giorgio Armani boutiques nationwide, GmbH sweater, $423, similar styles, Prada T-shirt, $340,, the North Face backpack, $129, Photo: ALASDAIR MCLELLAN FOR WSJ. Reeves Wiedeman, WSJ, "The Beautiful Regularness of Lucas Hedges," 10 Jan. 2019 On Christmas Eve, she was spotted wearing the most cozy cardigan, also in white. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Wore a Cream-Colored Cowl Neck Sweater," 1 Jan. 2019 The collab, expected to launch in May along with the pre-fall '19 collection, will feature pieces like silk twill cardigans, cotton shirting, and limited edition denim styles. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Monse's Pre-Fall 2019 Collection Shoot Features Adorable Dogs for a Great Reason," 6 Dec. 2018 Japanese label Wacko Maria makes a woodsy, green-tinted leopard button-up while Swedish brand Our Legacy’s murky leopard cardigan is one incognito cat. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Leopard: Keith Richards Wore It, But Would You?," 12 Dec. 2018 Dewan often mixes up the pieces by throwing on a cardigan or swapping her sneakers for heels. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan Designed the Athleisure Collection We Deserve," 15 Nov. 2018 Another dude wore a ribbed powder-blue grandpa cardigan with matching leggings and a Gucci purse. Masculine? Emily Farra, Vogue, "The 8 Street-Style Trends We Saw Outside the Spring 2019 Menswear Shows in Europe," 28 June 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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: a sweater that opens like a jacket and that is fastened in the front with buttons

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