hab·​er·​dash·​er | \ ˈha-bər-ˌda-shər How to pronounce haberdasher (audio) , ˈha-bə- \

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.

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Recent Examples on the Web Amid flashing lights, a stage presentation headlined by chief Causeway haberdasher Cam Neely, and a slick two-minute video the envy of Fashion Avenue, the Bruins on Sunday unveiled their new third jersey at the World Trade Center. BostonGlobe.com, "The snazzy new jerseys, to be worn in game action for the first time when the Rangers visit for Friday’s 1 p.m. matinee, feature an oversized bold “B” on the chest, taking the place of the club’s iconic spoked-B logo that is embedded into center ice at the Garden.," 25 Nov. 2019 Logan never lets his guard down, even in the sun—his sun hat is wool, from Walker Slater, a tweedy, posh haberdasher from Scotland. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Let’s Talk About the Yacht Clothes on “Succession”," 14 Oct. 2019 And Wilkes Bashford, the late haute haberdasher of his eponymous Sutter Street boutique, was a founding trustee. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco Fall Show: Art | Antiques | Design stays one step ahead; Michael Jang makes his own scene," 8 Oct. 2019 Dapper Dan's influence As retro-logo mania fashions stage a comeback, their reinvention seem to pay homage to Harlem haberdasher Daniel Day, known as Dapper Dan, who's widely credited as the driving force behind brash logos as fashion statements. Kristin Larson, Fortune, "New Era of Fashion Logos is Driving Creativity and Sales," 16 Aug. 2019 Her mother was a haberdasher, and my dad’s mom was a seamstress, so the idea of using your hands to express yourself has great history in my family. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Emilie Helmstedt Is Writing Her Own Danish Fairy Tale With Whimsical Clothes," 22 Mar. 2019 The Armoury This gentleman's haberdasher, inside the historic Peddler Building, looks like a private club on Savile Row. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Shops in Hong Kong," 4 Mar. 2018 Boys came to buy their first suit at the haberdasher, and teenage girls could get their shoes dyed to match the color of their prom dress. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "A Macy’s Goes From Mall Mainstay to Homeless Shelter," 13 June 2018 The living room’s bookcases were once used by a haberdasher in Porto, Portugal. J. S. Marcus, WSJ, "A Fashionable Couple Remakes Madrid Mill into Mansion," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of haberdasher

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for haberdasher

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

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“Haberdasher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haberdasher. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of haberdasher

US : a person who owns or works in a shop that sells men's clothes
British : a person who owns or works in a shop that sells small items (such as needles and thread) that are used to make clothes

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