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[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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sweater
  • Then enjoy a picnic that trades bugs and cold salad for a cozy sweater and great down-home food.
  • Among the facets of the case that raised doubt was a red sweater found at the crime scene.
  • For some, the office cover-up is a sweater, removed and worn around the shoulders when outdoors.
  • The rumpled clothes remain: a brown polo sweater, casual pants and sensible leather walking shoes.
  • She was dressed in a light blue fluffy angora sweater, pedal pushers and sneakers.
  • McGovern, buttoned into a cardigan sweater, is practically the hieroglyphic for professor.
  • If you don't think so, wear a sweater on top of whatever you would have worn for the rest of this week.
  • Holiday snapshots can often look cheesier than a bedazzled elf sweater.
  • My suggestion would be comfortable slacks and a sweater or knit shirt and your interview jacket.
  • It's warmer than a bulky sweater and takes up much less space.
British Dictionary definitions for sweater


  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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sweater

"woolen vest or jersey, originally worn in rowing," 1882, from earlier sweaters "clothing worn to produce sweating and reduce weight" (1828), from sweat (v.). As a fashion garment, attested from 1925. Sweater girl is attested from 1940; Lana Turner (1920-1995) was the first, from her appearance in the film "They Won't Forget" (1937).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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