Definition of haberdashery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhabədaʃəri/

noun (plural haberdasheries)

[mass noun]
1British Small items used in sewing, such as buttons, zips, and thread.
Example sentences
  • The shop specialises in a wide range of fabrics, haberdashery and buttons.
  • Many display shelves were covered by stationery materials, crepe paper, haberdashery, hair conditioner and washing detergent, boot polish and plastic toys.
  • The company has a £45 million a year turnover with sales of a wide range of products, including household wares, haberdashery and clothes at budget prices.
2North American Men’s clothing and other items sold by a haberdasher.
Example sentences
  • As part of this refit, the company also scaled back floor space for textiles, dress fabrics, haberdashery and knitting yarns.
  • To the democratic reader committed to affording all beliefs equal status, belief is a sort of style, like haberdashery, taken on and put away at will.
  • Like Dr. Grant, however, the meticulous doctor found no pleasure in soiling his fancy haberdashery during a leisurely round of golf.
3A shop or a department within a larger store that sells haberdashery.
Example sentences
  • Soon, Hollywood's fine haberdasheries were replaced by pizza joints, T-shirt shops, and pornographic bookstores.
  • There are 14 departments with escalators and elevators ‘going up’ to haberdashery and food and down to furniture and china.
  • The three of us trooped off together to get outfitted at a mid-town haberdashery.

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Line breaks: hab¦er|dash¦ery

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