a usually collarless knitted sweater or jacket that opens down the front.
one of a variety of Welsh corgi having a long tail.
Compare Pembroke (def 3).
Contemporary Examples

The cardigan came out again, over a white pussycat-bow blouse, in Prague, as did the pearls, and the black and white dress.
The New Diana? Meredith Etherington-Smith April 7, 2009

FLOTUS ‘Raises the Roof’ in the brand’s new spring cardigan and cashmere shell.
Michelle Obama wears J.Crew to Perform ‘The Evolution of Mom Dancing’ Misty White Sidell February 23, 2013

Adam had a hat on and a cardigan, Benji had this tie, and Greta has this dress.
‘Frances Ha’ Director Noah Baumbach and Star and Co-Writer Greta Gerwig on Hipsters Marlow Stern May 13, 2013

Historical Examples

A good swimmer might circle the floating battery and make his way outside the Neck, but he could not last, Mr. cardigan.
Cardigan Robert W. Chambers

Miss cardigan clapped her hands together softly and laughed.
Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell

St. Dogmael’s Priory, less than two miles from cardigan, lies upon the left of the estuary.
The Motor Routes of England Gordon Home

Some of the characters of “cardigan” reappear in this new novel.
The Damsel and the Sage Elinor Glyn

He’s full o’ sentiment; he’ll never breathe a word, Mr. cardigan; the Weasel’s a gentleman.
Cardigan Robert W. Chambers

Her death was soon avenged by the slaughter of the Normans at cardigan.
Medival Wales A. G. Little

It has been said of the Earl of cardigan that “he was the first in and the first out.”
The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. E. Farr and E. H. Nolan

a knitted jacket or sweater with buttons up the front
the larger variety of corgi, having a long tail
7th Earl of, title of James Thomas Brudenell. 1797–1868, British cavalry officer. He led the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava (1854) during the Crimean War.

1868, from James Thomas Brudenell (1797-1868), 7th Earl of Cardigan, English general distinguished in the Crimean War, who set the style, in one account supposedly wearing such a jacket while leading the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava (1854). The place name is an anglicization of Welsh Ceredigion, literally “Ceredig’s land.” Ceredig lived 5c.


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