Definition of Aran in US English:



  • Denoting a type of knitwear with traditional patterns, typically involving a raised cable stitch and large diamond designs.

    • ‘Visitors are always keen to get their hands on Aran sweaters, the famous chunky jumpers from the western islands of the same name.’
    • ‘The schools diversified as times and fashions changed and became mainly involved in machined Aran knitwear.’
    • ‘Goodman set up Inverallan in 1980, producing Aran, gansey and Fair Isle sweaters using the patterns that have been in existence since knitting was first recorded in the 9th century.’
    • ‘The group enjoyed browsing among the many shops with traditional Aran knitwear, pottery and other souvenirs on sale.’
    • ‘She was running her curled fingers through the hair of a burly man wearing an Aran sweater.’
    • ‘The traditional consumer market for Waterford Crystal, Claddagh rings, Aran knitwear and Connemara marble rosary beads continues to thrive and is worth €120 million a year.’
    • ‘Muings Lace School diversified and began to produce Aran patterned hand and machine knit garments although for a time crochet lace continued to be produced on a much smaller scale.’
    • ‘And he said the Americans would be missed, not just by the hotels, but because they were also the people who bought the Aran sweaters and other Irish produced crafts.’
    • ‘The countryside was a major theme with rustic cord jodhpurs, pedal pushers with buttons at the knee, checked shirts and Aran sweaters.’
    • ‘This may be a romantic conceit, but it has been my understanding that some of the patterns knitted into traditional Aran wool sweaters were magical designs, meant to help protect the wearers while fishing’
    • ‘He also won a franchise from the Dublin Woollen Mills to sell Aran sweaters on the continent.’
    • ‘The fishermen wear traditional Aran trousers and belts and Keating's conceit of wearing such garments back in the city must have made him one of the earliest pioneers of today's norm of casual attire.’
    • ‘Gifted with her hands, she had a special flair for craftwork and found much relaxation in knitting Aran sweaters and dress-making.’


1960s: from the Aran Islands.