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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Dresses and a cardigan sweater worn by two sisters — both children — who did not survive killings in Rwanda. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Precious possessions: The genocide survivors who kept them tell their stories," 13 July 2018 The death was listed in the report as a suicide by self-strangulation and hanging, using a sweater. Jeffery C. Mays, BostonGlobe.com, "Honduran man kills himself after threat of family separation at border," 10 June 2018 Jonas looked smart in a white V-neck sweater and a pair of chinos: The trip to meet Chopra's family comes just two weeks after Jonas took the Quantico star to a family wedding in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Were Just Spotted on a Date in Mumbai," 23 June 2018 In a glass-windowed office overlooking the docks, five clean-shaven men in sweaters sipped mugs of coffee behind computer monitors, keeping tabs on the chaos. Sean Patrick Cooper, The New Republic, "Is America Ready for the Next Superstorm?," 4 June 2018 This chronicle of a life lived with great kindness and imagination will comfort you like a favorite sweater, sweet fishes, and warm your heart like a visit from a beloved neighbor. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Your June pop culture horoscope revealed: Dietland, Christina Aguilera, and Ocean's 8," 31 May 2018 An earlier version of Lens might simply identify the object as a sweater, or a pillow, or a pair of shoes. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Lens, Google's Visual Search Tool, Gets Its Most Significant Update Yet," 8 May 2018 Clad in a black pullover sweater, gray slacks, and black loafers, the coach is in a reflective mood. Brian O'keefe, Fortune, "How Nick Saban Keeps Alabama Football Rolling," 23 Apr. 2018 One day before, Barbara Bush — dressed in a red sweater and pearls -- was sitting behind her son at an event in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Ashley Killough, CNN, "A mother-son story: How Barbara Bush tried to save Jeb's campaign," 21 Apr. 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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