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cardigan Line breaks: car¦di|gan
Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːdɪɡ(ə)n/

Definition of cardigan in English:


A knitted jumper fastening down the front.
Example sentences
  • But in reality, knitwear is so much more than that - it includes a wide array of pullovers, turtlenecks and cardigans, among other items.
  • From argyle cardigans to tweed blazers, check out the look of fall 2004 and enjoy all the attention.
  • All jumpers, cardigans and socks were knitted by hand.


Mid 19th century (Crimean War): named after James Thomas Brudenel, 7th Earl of Cardigan (1797–1868), leader of the Charge of the Light Brigade, whose troops first wore such garments.

  • This name is from the 7th Earl of Cardigan ( 1797–1868), leader of the Charge of the Light Brigade, whose troops are thought to have first worn this type of garment during the Crimean War.

Words that rhyme with cardigan

Wigan • Milligan • polygon

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