haberdashers

haberdasher

[hab-er-dash-er]
noun
1.
a retail dealer in men's furnishings, as shirts, ties, gloves, socks, and hats.
2.
Chiefly British. a dealer in small wares and notions.

Origin:
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)
 
n
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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haberdasher
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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