sweat·​er | \ ˈswe-tər How to pronounce sweater (audio) \

Definition of sweater

1 : one that sweats or causes sweating
2a : a knitted or crocheted jacket or pullover
b : a heavy jersey worn in ice hockey

Examples of sweater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Celine Homme by Hedi Slimane sweater, $940, and boots, $1,150, celine.com, and coat, $3,950, jacket, $2,650, and pants, $2,600, similar styles at celine.com; Jessie Western bolo tie, about $195; and stylist’s own hat. New York Times, 9 May 2022 The Tender Bar actor wore a cream sweater, gray trousers, and blue sneakers. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 May 2022 Affleck, meanwhile, wore light-wash denim pants, a cream sweater, and blue sneakers. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 3 May 2022 Fresh off of her concert in Ireland, the on-tour singer looked incredibly cool with a Burberry scarf over her shoulders, a gray sweater, tights, and the most head-turning piece of clothing of all: a plaid pleated Chopova Lowena mini skirt. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 30 Apr. 2022 Think wallet, passport, phone, headphones, tablet, book, sweater, water bottle, snacks, and even a travel pillow. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 The couple coordinated for the photo, with Haack dressed in an all-white ensemble featuring a sweater, miniskirt and platform sneakers, while Hall opted for a white t-shirt, gray jeans and brown boots. Greta Bjornson, PEOPLE.com, 1 Apr. 2022 Max Cohen sweater, captured the fashion world's imagination. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 24 Mar. 2022 Pillings pushed the boundaries with knitwear, creating a red oversized sweater, which featured a large cut out and a mix of knitting styles. Megan C. Hills, CNN, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sweater

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2022

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“Sweater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweater. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for sweater


sweat·​er | \ ˈswe-tər How to pronounce sweater (audio) \

Kids Definition of sweater

: a knitted or crocheted piece of clothing for the upper body

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