Definition of haberdasher in English:

haberdasher

Line breaks: hab¦er|dash¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈhabəˌdaʃə
 
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noun

1British A dealer in small items used in sewing, such as buttons, zips, and thread.
More example sentences
  • Among the shops nearby were a grocers, a haberdashers, a sweet shop and a tripe shop.
  • Early in the nineteenth century, the number of tailors, furriers, jewellers and haberdashers rose steeply.
  • In those days there was a lot going on in the village, which boasted not only seven grocers, but also seven pubs, two greengrocers, two butchers, a chemists, a haberdashers and a post office.
2North 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.

Origin

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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