a usually collarless knitted sweater or jacket that opens down the front.
Also called cardigan sweater, cardigan jacket.

1865–70; named after J. T. Brudnell, 7th Earl of Cardigan (1797–1868), British cavalryman of Crimean War fame Unabridged
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cardigan (ˈkɑːdɪɡən)
a knitted jacket or sweater with buttons up the front
[C19: named after the 7th Earl of Cardigan]

Cardigan1 (ˈkɑːdɪɡən)
the larger variety of corgi, having a long tail

Cardigan2 (ˈkɑːdɪɡən)
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 & History

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,
lit. "Ceredig's land." Ceredic lived 5c.
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