a retail dealer in men's furnishings, as shirts, ties, gloves, socks, and hats.
Chiefly British. a dealer in small wares and notions.

1275–1325; Middle English haberdasshere, of obscure origin; compare Anglo-French habredache haberdashery, hapertas perhaps a kind of cloth

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haberdasher (ˈhæbəˌdæʃə)
1.  (Brit) a dealer in small articles for sewing, such as buttons, zips, and ribbons
2.  (US) a men's outfitter
[C14: from Anglo-French hapertas small items of merchandise, of obscure origin]

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1311, from Anglo-Fr. hapertas "small wares," of unknown origin. At first "a dealer in small articles of trade," sense of "dealer in men's wares" is 1887 in Amer.Eng., via intermediate sense of "seller of hats."
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Example sentences
Her father was a bankrupt haberdasher, and her parents may not have been married.
One of the great pleasures club members enjoy is going to a haberdasher and picking out that year's ensemble.
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