sweat·​er | \ˈswe-tər \

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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Elevium featured the back of a thin blond woman in a (probably 100 percent cashmere) sweater with her arm joyfully raised, a pine tree in the distance. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Weed and luxury in Las Vegas," 15 Nov. 2018 Earlier on Wednesday, Katie Holmes walked around New York City while wearing a long knitted sweater with a red-and-purple stitch pattern. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Wore Black Leather Thigh-High Boots In New York City," 11 Oct. 2018 There were poppy wool jackets, multicolored shearling coats and cashmere sweaters for that. Leanne Italie, The Seattle Times, "Italy’s Bottega Veneta comes to New York Fashion Week," 9 Feb. 2018 In Northern California, residents in the famously foggy City by the Bay traded their winter coats and sweaters for T-shirts and shorts over the weekend. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "California bakes as winter temperatures set new records across the state," 5 Feb. 2018 Jurors also saw the pieces of Alianna's clothing, including a black tie and a sweater with a red and white round logo on the right breast that made up Alianna's school uniform, that were found strewn about the house. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Jurors see tools used in slaying of Alianna DeFreeze," 5 Feb. 2018 Just make sure the coat or sweater is properly fitted. Karen Asp, Good Housekeeping, "6 Ways To Protect Your Dog From Common (But Potentially Deadly) Winter Dangers," 29 Dec. 2017 This morning marked Prince George's first day at Thomas's Battersea, and the young royal arrived ready to learn wearing the school's adorable summer uniform: a light blue button-down shirt, navy sweater with red accents, and knee-length shorts. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "You Can Actually Buy Prince George's Adorable New School Uniform," 7 Sep. 2017 All of those sweaters are in a plastic tub in my basement now. Robert J. Toth, WSJ, "The Stuff Our Parents Left Behind," 18 Nov. 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

: one that opens like a jacket and that is fastened in the front with buttons or a zipper


sweat·​er | \ˈswe-tər \

Kids Definition of sweater

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

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