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[hab-er-dash-er] /ˈhæb ərˌdæʃ ər/
a retail dealer in men's furnishings, as shirts, ties, gloves, socks, and hats.
Chiefly British. a dealer in small wares and notions.
Origin of haberdasher
1275-1325; Middle English haberdasshere, of obscure origin; compare Anglo-French habredache haberdashery, hapertas perhaps a kind of cloth Unabridged
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  • The continuation of this remarkable story will be found on Dickey Series B, which may be bought from almost any haberdasher.

    The Flaw in the Sapphire Charles M. Snyder
  • I will not come between you and your haberdasher, Mr. Ericson.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • Won't your ancestors turn over in their graves at having a haberdasher at Guenn Oaks?

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Halliwell-Phillips is in error in stating that Gilbert was a London haberdasher.

    Shakespeare's Family Mrs. C. C. Stopes
  • The professor turned his ineffectual gaze on the haberdasher, and there was a startlingly ironic smile on his face.

    Seven Keys to Baldpate Earl Derr Biggers
  • I had almost omitted to add, that he was a ladies' haberdasher.

  • In thus complaining her object perhaps was to extract from the haberdasher as large a present as possible.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • This Madame Menoux was a haberdasher in the neighborhood and a great friend of Celeste's.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • My idea was in perfect unison with that of my hosier and haberdasher.

British Dictionary definitions for haberdasher


(Brit) a dealer in small articles for sewing, such as buttons, zips, and ribbons
(US) a men's outfitter
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French hapertas small items of merchandise, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for haberdasher

early 14c., "seller of various small articles of trade" (late 13c. as a surname), agent noun from Anglo-French hapertas "small wares," also a kind of fabric, of unknown origin. Sense of "dealer in men's wares" is 1887 in American English, via intermediate sense of "seller of caps."

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