hab·​er·​dash·​ery ˈha-bər-ˌda-sh(ə-)rē How to pronounce haberdashery (audio)
plural haberdasheries
: goods (such as men's clothing and accessories) sold by a haberdasher
a fine selection of haberdashery
: a shop selling notions or men's clothing and accessories

Examples of haberdashery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This time, in November 1919, Truman and Jacobson decided to open a haberdashery in downtown Kansas City. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2023 Some version of the jacket can probably be found in most every haberdashery in Italy and, for all one knows, on the sales floor at Macy’s Herald Square. Guy Trebay, New York Times, 22 July 2023 Her penchant for the texture, pattern, and detail of haberdashery has led to interiors projects for the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Adrien Brody, stores for Harry Winston, and offices for PWC and Merrill Lynch. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 20 July 2023 La Iberia, a haberdashery opened in 1937 by José Maria Vázquez, purveyed American brands like Van Heusen. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, 2 June 2023 The brand, which was established in the Virgin Islands by a U.S. Navy officer in 1946, built its name on Bay Rum, that sweet, spicy elixir that shot to fame in the Mad Men era and is still stocked at all the best haberdasheries where your grandfather might have shopped. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 12 June 2023 James Oviatt was thinking of Mission-style architecture for his top-end haberdashery, but a trip to the 1925 Paris Art Deco Exposition changed his mind, and soon, 30 tons of custom glass and adornments — windows, mailboxes, light panels — were on their way to Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 There was to be a hotel and re-creations of an old-time butcher shop, barbershop, a general store, haberdashery, pool hall, an old service station and a coal mine. John Bordsen, CNN, 5 Apr. 2023 The Palace was best remembered for the 200-foot passageway that connected the two entrances with the actual auditorium entrance in between, with display windows showing off the haberdashery goods of owners Ransom & Silsbee as well as other local merchants. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, 17 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History


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.

First Known Use

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of haberdashery was in 1547

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“Haberdashery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haberdashery. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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hab·​er·​dash·​ery ˈhab-ə(r)-ˌdash-(ə-)rē How to pronounce haberdashery (audio)
plural haberdasheries
: goods sold by a haberdasher
: a haberdasher's shop

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