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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On a recent winter afternoon, Mr. Roth’s shoes were still at his bedside, his sweaters were neatly folded in the closet and his toothbrush sat in its cup on the bathroom sink. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Philip Roth’s Manhattan Home Goes on the Market for $3.2 Million," 21 Feb. 2019 Princess Charlotte is wearing a cute navy outfit; Prince George is in jeans; and Prince Louis is so adorable in his baby sweater. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Kate Middleton and Prince William's Family Christmas Card Is So Cute, It Hurts," 14 Dec. 2018 One of my favorite parts about the fall season is that its brisk temperatures give me an excuse to break out my favorite sweaters. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "J. Crew Has Lots of Cozy Fall Sweaters On Sale for Under $50," 14 Sep. 2018 Winter's sexier, off-the-shoulder black dress is something the Hyland's character, Haley, would wear on the show whereas her sweater and skirt ensemble is something Winter's character, Alex would wear. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "'Modern Family' star Ariel Winter defended by fans after troll slams her 'sexy' dressing," 30 Aug. 2018 Wearing his quintessential cardigan sweater, Rogers looked into homes around the country and said: This program is not for young children to watch alone. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "‘Some sad and scary things’: Mister Rogers consoled kids by telling them the truth," 8 June 2018 Facial Hair Type: Petrified forest stubble Color: Your favorite sweater right after the washer cycle and right before the dryer cycle. Drew Magary, GQ, "A Field Guide to Bad Conservative Hair," 21 Apr. 2018 The man can be seen slowly walking away with the cash tucked in his sweater. Carli Teproff And Tarpley Hitt, miamiherald, "The man left McDonald's with some fast cash and no one seemed to notice, video shows | Miami Herald," 4 Apr. 2018 In the middle of her speech, her youngest daughter begins crying and Roys discreetly lifts her sweater to begin breastfeeding. Christina A. Cassidy, The Christian Science Monitor, "Rising tide of women in politics emphasize gender in campaigns," 29 Mar. 2018

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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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