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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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 Founded in 1977 by Michael Drake, the East London haberdasher is renowned for their high-quality shirts and ties. Scott Christian, Esquire, "7 Pieces Where You Can Feel the Hand of the Maker," 23 Oct. 2017 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. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "People Have Been Using Big Data Since the 1600s," 24 Apr. 2017 With separate shops for men and women, Barcelona's most exclusive haberdashers hand-stitch practically every garment. Andrew Ferren, ELLE Decor, "ELLE DECOR Goes to Barcelona," 4 Apr. 2011 At he back of Schaeffers Garment Hotel is Gunner Foxx’s House of Hats, where third-generation haberdasher Gunner Foxx provides cleaning services as well as repairs and alterations (blocking, stretching, reshaping, resizing, and band replacement). Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "Best of LA: 92 of Our Favorite Things to Eat, Do, and Buy Right Now," 14 July 2017

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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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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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