[ swet-er ]
/ ˈswɛt ər /


a knitted jacket or jersey, in pullover or cardigan style, with or without sleeves.
a person or thing that sweats.
an employer who underpays and overworks employees.


of, for, or pertaining to a sweater: sweater yarn; sweater fashions.
made like a sweater: a sweater dress.

Origin of sweater

1520–30 for def. 2; 1880–85 for def. 1; sweat + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for sweater

/ (ˈswɛtə) /


  1. a garment made of knitted or crocheted material covering the upper part of the body, esp a heavy one worn for warmth
  2. (as modifier)a sweater dress
a person or thing that sweats
an employer who overworks and underpays his employees
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