Definition of haberdasher in English:


Syllabification: hab·er·dash·er
Pronunciation: /ˈhabərˌdaSHər


  • 1North American A dealer in men’s clothing.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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