Simple Definition of haberdasher
: a person who owns or works in a shop that sells men's clothes
: a person who owns or works in a shop that sells small items (such as needles and thread) that are used to make clothes
Full Definition of haberdasher
1 British : a dealer in notions
2 : a dealer in men's clothing and accessories
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At various times throughout its history, the term "haberdasher" has referred to a dealer of hats or caps, a seller of notions (sewing supplies such as needles and thimbles), and apparently (perhaps somewhat coyly) as a person who sells liquor. Nowadays, with hats not being as fashionable as they once were, the word mostly is applied generally as a clothing outfitter for men, with "haberdashery" referring to the establishment or the goods sold there. Haberdasher derives via Middle English from "hapertas," an Anglo-French word for a kind of cloth, as does the obsolete noun "haberdash," which once meant petty merchandise or small wares.
Origin of haberdasher
Middle English haberdassher, from modification of Anglo-French hapertas kind of cloth
First Known Use: 14th century
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