[kahr-di-guh n]


a usually collarless knitted sweater or jacket that opens down the front.

Origin of cardigan

First recorded in 1865–70; named after J. T. Brudnell, 7th Earl of Cardigan (1797–1868), British cavalryman of Crimean War fame
Also called cardigan sweater, cardigan jacket.


[kahr-di-guh n]


one of a variety of Welsh corgi having a long tail.Compare Pembroke(def 3). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cardigan

Contemporary Examples of cardigan

Historical Examples of cardigan

  • Some of the characters of "Cardigan" reappear in this new novel.

  • Her death was soon avenged by the slaughter of the Normans at Cardigan.

    Medival Wales

    A. G. Little

  • Miss Cardigan clapped her hands together softly and laughed.


    Elizabeth Wetherell

  • Once upon a time she give me a cardigan jacket to wear under my coat.

  • Just as moral as they ever were, Mrs. Cardigan, but they've got more opportunity.

British Dictionary definitions for cardigan



a knitted jacket or sweater with buttons up the front

Word Origin for cardigan

C19: named after the 7th Earl of Cardigan




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.
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Word Origin and History for cardigan

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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