- a retail dealer in men's furnishings, as shirts, ties, gloves, socks, and hats.
- Chiefly British. a dealer in small wares and notions.
Origin of haberdasher
Examples from the Web for haberdasher
He looked, that dreadful afternoon, as if he had just come from his barber, tailor and haberdasher.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
I had almost omitted to add, that he was a ladies' haberdasher.
He married the daughter of Galissard, the haberdasher at Plassans.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
This Madame Menoux was a haberdasher in the neighborhood and a great friend of Celeste's.Fruitfulness
I will not come between you and your haberdasher, Mr. Ericson.The Trail of the Hawk
Halliwell-Phillips is in error in stating that Gilbert was a London haberdasher.Shakespeare's Family
Mrs. C. C. Stopes
- British a dealer in small articles for sewing, such as buttons, zips, and ribbons
- US a men's outfitter
Word Origin and History for haberdasher
early 14c., "seller of various small articles of trade" (late 13c. as a surname), agent noun from Anglo-French hapertas "small wares," also a kind of fabric, of unknown origin. Sense of "dealer in men's wares" is 1887 in American English, via intermediate sense of "seller of caps."