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

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Another man had taken off his dirty sweater and was lying on a wooden bed, covered with blankets; a European researcher pressed an instrument against his neck while peering at a laptop. Xing Liu, Science Magazine, "At 5100 meters elevation, a Peruvian gold mining town is the world’s highest settlement—and a good place to study how life at extremely low oxygen levels ravages the body.," 12 Sep. 2019 But when you’re done reorganizing you’re knits, pick out your favorite black and white sweater and pour yourself a stiff drink to get through this night. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "These ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Halloween Costumes Will Make Every True Fan Say, ‘Ew, David’," 6 Sep. 2019 Chopra is sure to have a few more inspirational looks—and glamorous trips—before fall arrives, with all its sweaters and perfect jackets. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra Wore a $600 Dakota Jinx Matching Set with $39 Charles & Keith Sandals," 5 Aug. 2019 Or maybe neither does anything of note in a Bruins sweater, and become waiver-wire fodder. BostonGlobe.com, "(Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe)," 15 Sep. 2019 Kulb was found dead in November, clothed in only a sweater underneath a pile of clothes including two pairs of pants, a t-shirt, jacket and one pale yellow sock. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Here's how one yellow sock helped solve a 28-year-old cold case murder," 4 Sep. 2019 Her body was decomposed and dressed only in a sweater, with the rest of her clothing piled on top of her, according to the district attorney. Taylor Romine, CNN, "Her body was found in the woods in 1991. This week police arrested her then-boyfriend after new technology matched a pair of socks," 4 Sep. 2019 Cloaked in an oversized sweater with gold necklaces draped around her neck, the 30-year-old exudes effortlessness. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Zoë Kravitz Has a New Lipstick Line With YSL Beauty and Told Me All the Details," 25 Aug. 2019 In the beginning of the aughts, the designer—who, at the time, was often seen in a pert sweater and collared shirt—had a mane that resembled rumpled university professor hair. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Marc Jacobs Shares His Student ID Cards—and Voluminous Hair—From the Early ’80s," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of sweater

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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