hab·​er·​dash·​ery | \ˈha-bər-ˌda-sh(ə-)rē, 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

Bijan has never aspired to be the world’s hippest haberdashery or even the most stylish. Maer Roshan, Town & Country, "In Beverly Hills and Beyond, Bijan Carries on a Tradition of Excess and Exclusivity," 22 Oct. 2018 From glitzy department stores to artisanal soy sauce shops, vintage clothing meccas to gentleman's haberdasheries, there’s no shortage of temptations for the savvy shopper. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Shops in Hong Kong," 4 Mar. 2018 On East 60th Street the other afternoon, just across the street from where that small and charmingly dignified Italian haberdashery used to be (R.I.P.), a black Sprinter van pulled up and parked. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Luxury Has Gotten Jumbled, but Not at Bottega Veneta," 14 Feb. 2018 Then there’s Anderson & Sheppard’s haberdashery shop on Burlington Street, which is incredible. Bloomberg, Fortune, "How to Cut the Hotel Room Service Line — And Other Luxury Travel Tips," 12 June 2018 The store was first established in 1935 as a haberdashery selling formal menswear in downtown Milwaukee. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sherper's starts work on new Port Washington store, wants the city to become a 'destination' for outdoor enthusiasts," 14 May 2018 More from Mansion Stand-out pieces on the second floor include haberdashery cabinets from Porto, Portugal, now used as bookcases, and a carving tray from a Brussels bistro that the couple use as a dry bar. J. S. Marcus, WSJ, "A Fashionable Couple Remakes Madrid Mill into Mansion," 30 May 2018 In the early 1940s, Sam Scherper, the owner of the haberdashery, renamed the business as Sherper's. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sherper's starts work on new Port Washington store, wants the city to become a 'destination' for outdoor enthusiasts," 14 May 2018 Welfare services for department store workers began with John Wanamaker, a brickmaker’s son born in 1838 who turned a struggling Philadelphia haberdashery into a department store empire built on creative advertising and selling strategies. Ralph Blumenthal And Sandra Roff, New York Times, "Attention 1916 Shoppers: The Doctor Is In," 4 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'haberdashery.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of haberdashery

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for haberdashery

see haberdasher

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about haberdashery

Share haberdashery

Statistics for haberdashery

Last Updated

23 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for haberdashery

The first known use of haberdashery was in 1547

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for haberdashery



English Language Learners Definition of haberdashery

: goods sold by a haberdasher

: a haberdasher's shop

More from Merriam-Webster on haberdashery

Spanish Central: Translation of haberdashery

Nglish: Translation of haberdashery for Spanish Speakers

Comments on haberdashery

What made you want to look up haberdashery? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


having a pattern of small flowers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!