Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or being a sleeve that extends in one piece to the neckline of the garment, with slanted seams from the armhole to the neck.
  • n. A garment, such as an overcoat or a sweater, that has raglan sleeves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Continuing in one piece up to the neck of a garment, without a shoulder seam.
  • adj. Having sleeves of this type.
  • n. An overcoat with sleeves of this type.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A loose overcoat with large sleeves; -- named after Lord Raglan, an English general who was an aide-de-camp to Wellington at Waterlooo.
  • n. An overcoat with raglan sleeves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of loose overcoat, having very full sleeves, or a sort of cape covering the arms, worn about 1855 and later.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a garment (coat or sweater) that has raglan sleeves

Etymologies

After Fitzroy James Henry Somerset (1788-1855), First Baron Raglan, British field marshal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after Lord Raglan (1788–1855), a British commander in the Crimean War. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Where I grew up a raglan is a type of sweater (jumper to Brits) with a particular style of shoulder seam.

    unexpected

  • I do agree, Knititch, that knitting a circular raglan is fun because of the way it goes faster and faster.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • Seriously, the beauty of a top-down raglan is that you can try it on as you go and make fit decisions on the fly.

    February 2006

  • Amy DeVoogd Here's an easy solution: a quilted nylon barn jacket with a boxy cut and loose or raglan sleeves.

    Dressing in Layers, But Staying Stylish

  • I have a slight stoop at my back neck, so I jammed a bunch of short rows in the back section of the yoke between the raglan lines.

    Jean's Knitting

  • Consider narrow Henley-collar knit tops with angled raglan sleeves, which are roomier for muscular guys.

    Ask Teri

  • Wearing his tweed overcoat with its raglan sleeves and a narrow-brimmed hat, brim down, Dick was Jimmy Stewart or Cary Grant in a Hitchcock movie.

    Amaryllis in Blueberry

  • Nice simple things like mittens and hats, with the odd jumper (mindless raglan in the round) thrown in for good measure.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • It took only 2 and a half days from start to finish and is really just a little raglan jumper with a (slightly) fancy bottom.

    Babette for Ariane

  • Ski masks (balaclavas), cardigan sweaters and raglan sleeve coats are in fact fashion legacies of the Crimean War.

    Military Chic During Wartime? Yes, Sir!

Comments

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  • The Charge of the Light Brigade, Oct. 25, 1854, was a botched military maneuver during the Crimean War that would be forgotten but for the monument of Tennyson's poem and for the coincidental involvement of men and places that gave their names to articles of clothing.

    Lord Cardigan's men gave it their best
    Charging the guns at Raglan's behest.
    That battle marmoreal
    Was oddly sartorial;
    At Balaclava they died well-dressed.

    March 9, 2014