Definition of haberdasher
1 British : a dealer in notions
2 : a dealer in men's clothing and accessories
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Graunt, born on this day in 1620, was a London haberdasher who was the first to start putting together the information about how people died in the city to help gain a broader understanding of the causes of death and how people lived.
Nathan Irving Hentoff was born in Boston on June 10, 1925, to Jewish immigrants from Russia, and his father supported the family as a haberdasher and a traveling salesman.
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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 and Etymology of haberdasher
Middle English haberdassher, from modification of Anglo-French hapertas kind of cloth
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
HABERDASHER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of haberdasher for English Language Learners
: 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
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