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 Vitolo wore black trousers, a zip-up sweater, and a white T-shirt for the pair's coffee date. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Holmes Goes Retro for a Coffee Run in SoHo," 5 Jan. 2021 The video shows a woman wearing a sweater, pajama bottoms and open-toed slippers push a sheet of newspaper through a wooden fence and sparking fire around a garbage bin. oregonlive, "Woman indicted on arson charges for fire that damaged Northeast Portland’s popular Reo’s Ribs," 30 Dec. 2020 Weiner wore an orange zip-up sweater, blue khakis, and tennis shoes. Micah Hauser, The New Yorker, "Anthony Weiner’s Comeback Gig," 28 Dec. 2020 On Fennell: Akris sweater ($2,390) and dress ($3,990); Pomellato hoop earrings ($7,200) and bracelet (from $22,150); Christian Louboutin boots ($1,145). Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Promising Young Woman Director Emerald Fennell On Making The Year's Smartest Horror Movie," 26 Dec. 2020 Meghan wore a brown wool parka by J.Crew, over a long black sweater, black jeans, and knee high brown boots. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a J.Crew Coat for an Outing With Prince Harry in Los Angeles," 22 Dec. 2020 Looking like the human embodiment of the Comfy-Cute™ vibe, Selena wore a cozy-looking mustard sweater (her favorite color, as of late), accessorized with her trademark chunky hoops and a pretty floral pendant. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Wore the Perfect Dainty Necklace And You Can Still Shop It For the Holidays," 22 Dec. 2020 Baby leggings are versatile bottoms that your baby boy can wear with any casual top like a sweatshirt, short- or long-sleeved shirt, sweater, or even onesie. Ana Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "The best baby legging for boys," 19 Dec. 2020 McLean started as Norman Bates' sick mother and impressively switched to sweater-wearing Bates with a bad wig that would have really bothered Anthony Perkins. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'DWTS' recap: Cheryl Burke dials drama with injury; Monica Aldama's Nurse Ratched can't save herself," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of sweater

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sweater was in the 15th century

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16 Jan 2021

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“Sweater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweater. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sweater

: one that is put on by pulling it over your head
US : one that opens like a jacket and that is fastened in the front with buttons or a zipper


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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