A cardigan is a sweater that opens in front. Your favorite cardigan might have pearl buttons and pockets.

Unlike a sweater that you pull on over your head, a cardigan is shrugged on over the shoulders and buttons, zips, or snaps up the front — or is worn open, with no fasteners at all. During the Crimean War in the 1800s, English general James Thomas Brudenell's troops wore jackets that opened in front, and since he was the 7th Earl of Cardigan, these garments — and future open-front sweaters — were known as cardigans.

Definitions of cardigan

n a knitted sweater that is fastened up the front with buttons or a zipper

Type of:
jumper, sweater
a crocheted or knitted garment covering the upper part of the body

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