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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True also wore a laid back look, sporting a plaid dress with a matching blush cardigan and sparkly jelly sandals. Maria Pasquini,, "Kylie Jenner Calls Daughter Stormi Her 'Real Life Bestie' as They Rock Matching Dresses," 30 June 2019 The religious scarves and other high-neck tunics and floor-length cardigans also have been added to the mix by retailers Macy's and Uniqlo. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: Courting Chinese-American shoppers from a Richardson office and missing Marie Kondo," 2 Aug. 2019 The model, dressed casually in an olive green bomber jacket, wrapped his arms around the singer, who sported a cardigan and khaki cargo pants. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid's Rumored Relationship Timeline," 9 July 2019 Which brings us to Streep’s Mary Louise, a folksy enigma in greige cardigans and ferrety prosthetic teeth, who potters around Monterey making all her rudest inner observations out loud. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Family Values of Big Little Lies," 7 June 2019 In their matching gray suits, cardigans and high trousers, the players entering the arena Friday looking freshly imported from one of Browne's typically Kabuki Paris runway shows. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "In the N.B.A., a Game of Clothes Horse," 20 Apr. 2018 Instead there is Fred Rogers, the cardigan-wearing advocate for childhood education. Travis Deshong, Twin Cities, "Watch: See Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers in trailer for ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’," 23 July 2019 And when Kensington Palace released a photograph of Princess Charlotte on her second birthday, her yellow John Lewis cardigan with fluffy blue sheep promptly sold out. Jasmin Malik Chua, Vox, "Royal baby Archie will have a huge impact on Britain’s economy," 18 July 2019 In one scene, the fashion rule-breakers pair trunks with a blue oxford shirt and cardigan sweater; in another, with a crisp white polo shirt. Tyler Watamanuk, WSJ, "Is It Ever OK to Wear Swim Trunks as Shorts?," 3 July 2019

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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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