- 1North American A dealer in men’s clothing.More example sentences
- Drapers and milliners, haberdashers and tailors, mercers and glovers - these were the ubiquitous tradespeople and retailers of King Street.
- A tailor and a haberdasher enter with new clothes and a new hat for the couple's return to her house in Padua.
- Mirror makers, picture framers, artists, cutlers, wig-makers, glass sellers, haberdashers and tailors all jostled for business alongside numerous coffee houses and taverns.
- 2British A dealer in goods for dressmaking and sewing.More example sentences
- They already appear to share the same barber, if not haberdasher.
- Each year has brought worse news, with one manufacturer after another going out of business, and most towns left with one haberdasher - if they're lucky.
Middle English: probably based on Anglo-Norman French hapertas, perhaps the name of a fabric, of unknown origin. In early use the term denoted a dealer in a variety of household goods, later also specifically a hatter. Current senses date from the early 17th century.
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