Some people enjoy wearing Christmas-related sweaters around Christmas time to get into the festive spirit. If I remember rightly, in French, a pullover is "un pull", taken from English. Jumper — this is actually a dress no shorts attached—that is a jumpsuit as clarified above with no sleeves or collar; it is worn over a blouse or lightweight 'pullover' as we see in Catholic school uniforms here.
As for pullover , I suppose that would be used to refer only to the subset of sweaters that one puts on by pulling them over one's head, which would exclude things like cardigans and some sweater vests. In the UK jumper, sweater and pullover are different names for exactly the same thing. A cardigan has buttons. As others have said, all three mean the same thing in British English.
What nobody else has mentioned yet is that we might also call such a garment a jersey. Ireland is the same as BrE but we also have a gansey. Ganseys originated in Guernesy, jerseys in Jersey. A gansey-load of something is quite a lot, the amount you could carry in your gansey.
My daughter and I worked on a fantastic definition of "jumper" together, and it didn't make it to a post because I hadn't logged in first.
Here's my take on my own:. A jumper is an item of clothing that essentially provides, all in one piece, a skirt and a bodice. It is sleeveless and, by definition, is meant to be worn over a blouse or turtleneck. The jumper can hang from the shoulders to the hemline OR it can have a waistband.
One can pull the jumper over one's head or, in the case of my daughter's jumper, step into it - this depends largely on the neckline.
They can go down the back or on the side. A jumper is closed all the way around - since I just read this evening that a pinafore my guess for what the British would call our jumper is not generally closed in the back although it could have apron-string ties to keep it in place - thank you, Wikipedia.
My daughter's jumper has a yoke-style top - that is it has a fairly open front; it has a waistband with both a zipper and button, on one side, for closure. The combination of the wide opening down the front and the zipper allows her to step into the garment through the top; the zipper closes up and the button secures the waistband.
A jumper is, in my opinion, worn more often by girls than by grown women. At my daughter's school, their skirts of their jumpers are to be "mid-knee" length; during the course of the year, they grow and the skirts get relatively shorter. A pullover would be anything like a sweater or sweatshirt or fleece that goes over your head to go on. It wouldn't have buttons or a zipper except for decoration.
I don't think that I would call any of my clothes a pullover, although I would know what someone means if they used the term.
As for sweater, I liked the definition from above: Sweater-vest, Hooded sweater, turtleneck sweater, etc. The extra warmth still holds those fine materials generally trap a lot of heat. The only exception would be some more decorative sweater made of a light-weight yarn and and open knit for warm-weather wear as I said, an exception. A long-sleeved or short-sleeved knitted garment pulled over the head is called a jersey. These can be somewhat formal, and are commonly part of school uniforms, or work attire, in winter, because of South Africa's relatively mild climate.
Terms like cardigan , and especially, pullover and jumper are rarer, or never used in everyday speech. A more casual, colourful upper garment, often made of synthetic fabrics is called a sweater , or if part of a tracksuit, then a tracksuit top. According to Wikipedia, these South African "sweaters" are called "sweatshirts" in the rest of the world.
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Questions Tags Users Badges Unanswered. What's the difference between a jumper, a pullover, and a sweater? This reminds me of the children's joke. What do get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo? I call all these things a "woolly", even if they aren't made of wool but appear to be. I wonder if there is a further regional differentiation for woolly? I link to that one from the third word of my question -: Oops, sorry about that.
Google gives a good definition for the american usage: A collarless sleeveless dress, typically worn over a blouse. I think that describes it a bit better. Jumper is as Arlen says in the US. A girl's top with attached shorts or long pants would be called a jump suit in the US.
In the US, there are two different types of garment that can be called a jumper. For adult women and older girls , it is the over-dress described by the other commenters; however, it can also be a garment for babies and toddlers, in which case it's more of an all-purpose term for anything that includes both a top and bottom, all in one piece, like pinafores, rompers, jon-jons, etc.
A jumper or jersey British English , or sweater American English is a garment intended to cover the torso and arms. Some British dictionaries include cardigans as a type of jumper,  while others do not;  in the latter case, there is no hypernym equivalent to sweater covering both pullovers and cardigans. Sweaters are worn by adults and children of all genders; often over a shirt , blouse , T-shirt , or other top, but sometimes next to the skin.
Sweaters were traditionally made from wool , but can now be made of cotton , synthetic fibers , or any combination thereof. Sweaters are maintained by washing or dry cleaning, and the use of a lint roller or pill razor.
The term "sweater" is a catch-all for a variety of knit garments. Although the term often refers to a pullover, it can also refer to a cardigan , a garment that opens and fastens down the front. Within either group, there is a great variety of design. Various necklines are found, although the V-neck, turtleneck and the crew neck are the most popular. The hemline is typically at hip height or slightly longer, just overlapping the waist of one's pants or skirt, but can vary significantly.
It can range from just below the bust in women's garments to mid-thigh in either sex, or even longer in a knitted variation of the poncho shirtdress. The sleeve length is also variable, ranging from full-length or three-quarters to short-sleeved, cap sleeves or sleeveless. The front seam or opening of a cardigan allows for further different styles, such as a surplice or a bolero jacket. All hems may have various types of borders, such as picots , ribbing and frills.
Knitted fabrics are generally somewhat elastic and have a softer hand feel or drape than woven fabric, sweaters that are more tightly fitted or have a soft drape may conform well to the body without requiring tailoring necessary in a woven garment such as darts, flares and gores.
Even when such shaping is used, it can be knit into the fabric itself, without requiring seams. A sweater with an open front fastened by buttons or a zipper is generally called a cardigan , but the nomenclature for other styles in different dialects can be quite confusing.
In British English , a sweater may also be called a pullover, jumper or jersey. In the United States however, " jumper " refers to a style of women's sleeveless dress, worn over a blouse or shirt, and "jersey" refers to a knit shirt, especially if part of an athletic uniform.
If sleeveless, such a garment may be called a "slipover" or "tank top" in British English, while "tank top" in US English refers to a sleeveless shirt or undershirt.
In South African English , a knitted sweater is always called a jersey , while sweater , when used, refers to a sweatshirt. In the sport of ice hockey , the top of a hockey player's uniform had traditionally been a sweater; and even though modern hockey uniform tops are more commonly a jersey they are typically referred to as a "hockey sweater," regardless of the style, but frequently, in the U.
Thin sweaters may be worn tucked into the waistband of trousers ; but otherwise, men's sweaters are worn untucked. Nonetheless, some individuals, including some television and film actors, have been known for wearing tucked-in sweaters. Sweaters are a versatile item of clothing and can be worn on top of almost any outfit.
Sports sweaters are often worn on tops of sports kit while traveling to or from a sports ground. Sweaters can be worn with a dress shirt underneath and optionally a tie , which has the advantage of allowing the wearer to have the option of removing the sweater when it is uncomfortably warm and still looking presentable in many situations.
Layering and the ease with which it allows for temperature regulation is a major benefit of the sweater as an article of clothing. Various methods have evolved for conveniently carrying a sweater, once removed. The three most common approaches are: In the late 20th century, the sweater increasingly came to be worn as an alternative to a shirt when finer materials made them more comfortable next to the skin.
Some people enjoy wearing Christmas-related sweaters around Christmas time to get into the festive spirit.
Some women's sweaters are meant to be worn belted; a belt or drawstring is sometimes knitted into the sweater itself. Leggings are commonly worn with long sweaters or sweater dresses.
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