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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This was on display earlier in the week when Kate donned a J. Crew sweater that retails for $80 and is still available online. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Favorite Casual Boat Shoes Are On Sale," 18 Jan. 2019 Meant to fall just below the hips, the old-school Navy style’s boxy cut easily fits over most bulky winter sweaters. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "A Complete Guide to Buying the Essential Women’s Pea Coat," 11 Jan. 2019 Shop the look: Iro Ava Boots, $1,090 $763, Shopbop Here's a winter outfit formula that never, ever fails: a striped sweater plus light-wash skinny jeans plus black suede boots. Avery Matera, Glamour, "17 Ways to Wear Thigh-High Boots This Winter," 11 Jan. 2019 Socks, sweater, leggings—even a bun is suggested to feel the most hyggelig. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "I Practiced Hygge and It's Kind of the Best Thing Ever," 25 Dec. 2018 In a photo shared on Twitter, Mercy — who was first photographed as an infant in the Mediterranean sun moments after her birth — is seen standing upright and beaming and wearing a red sweater with a teddy bear on the front. William Lee Adams, Billboard, "Madame Monsieur's 'Mercy': How a Newborn Refugee Inspired France's Eurovision Song Entry," 26 Apr. 2018 Meghan Markle graced the world with her presence in public on Thursday wearing a navy coat, black pants, a white, high-neck sweater, and black pumps. Rachel Torgerson, Cosmopolitan, "Meghan Markle Just Wore a Very Stylish, Very Affordable J. Crew Coat," 8 Mar. 2018 Ganni sweater; Guess skirt, $79, guess.com; Reik Nen boots; Beck Jewels earrings. Divya Bala, Harper's BAZAAR, "5 Outfit Ideas to Slay Every Holiday Party," 30 Nov. 2018 Us, the editors of GoodHousekeeping.com, who love rocking white jeans with cozy fall sweaters just as much as white jeans with a breezy summer top. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Our Editors Found the Best Underwear to Wear with White Pants," 10 Aug. 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 \

Kids Definition of sweater

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

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