hab·​er·​dash·​ery | \ ˈha-bər-ˌda-sh(ə-)rē How to pronounce haberdashery (audio) , ˈha-bə- \
plural haberdasheries

Definition of haberdashery

1 : goods (such as men's clothing and accessories) sold by a haberdasher a fine selection of haberdashery
2 : a shop selling notions or men's clothing and accessories

Examples of haberdashery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Edward Goodwin, who owned the printing business, haberdashery and ice-cream shop, brought home shows to Greenwood in the 1950s, putting on events at places like the Big 10 Ballroom. Keiko Morris, WSJ, 29 May 2021 So is the broader question of whether the street can shake off its image as a fusty redoubt of old-school haberdashery. David Segal, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2020 And, yes, a year is long enough for one's taste in haberdashery to shift, so this isn't a cut/paste/update of last year's order, which is noted parenthetically with all 32 teams. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2020 The 1903 Kaskel & Kaskel Building, a marble Beaux-Arts pile built at 32nd Street for a high-end haberdashery, was destroyed in 2017, along with a 1905 Beaux-Arts neighbor, despite a preservation petition that garnered 20,000 signatures. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2020 That is, until their twenty-four-year-old son, Jonathan, loses his job at a New York City haberdashery and is forced to move back home. Riane Konc, The New Yorker, 20 Dec. 2019 Blake’s family were comfortable, rather than wealthy, as the owners of a hosiery shop and haberdashery. K.s.c., The Economist, 17 Sep. 2019 The works were shown in the rooms above his family’s haberdashery shop in London. K.s.c., The Economist, 17 Sep. 2019 Sometime in the past decade, a new breed of attention-seeking attendee emerged, one photographers couldn’t miss, in neon plaid suits and half-a-haberdashery worth of accessories. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of haberdashery

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for haberdashery

Middle English haberdasshrie, from haberdasshere haberdasher + -rie -ry

Note: The word appears earliest in Anglo-French texts, but it is impossible to say, given the obscure origin of haberdasshere, whether the word should be regarded as English or Anglo-French.

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“Haberdashery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haberdashery. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of haberdashery

: goods sold by a haberdasher
: a haberdasher's shop

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