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haberdasher

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noun hab·er·dash·er \ˈha-bə(r)-ˌda-shər\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of haberdasher

  1. 1 British :  a dealer in notions

  2. 2 :  a dealer in men's clothing and accessories

Did You Know?

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 and Etymology of haberdasher

Middle English haberdassher, from modification of Anglo-French hapertas kind of cloth


First Known Use: 14th century


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