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[hab-er-dash-uh-ree] /ˈhæb ərˌdæʃ ə ri/
noun, plural haberdasheries.
a haberdasher's shop.
the goods sold there.
Origin of haberdashery
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English haberdashrye < Anglo-French. See haberdasher, -y3 Unabridged
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  • I went out with my brother and his companion, first to a "haberdashery," kept by a sutler Jew on the avenue.

    The Boy Spy Joseph Kerby
  • I left him gloating over his windfall, and plunged into haberdashery.

    Margarita's Soul Ingraham Lovell
  • He began to grow impatient when he found that his third man kept a haberdashery, but, nevertheless, he went in.

    Young Wallingford George Randolph Chester
  • The girl who had charge of the haberdashery asked if she could serve her.

  • His wife followed him—as some say, with the booty—and set up a fine shop in Pitt Street in the haberdashery line.

    The King's Post R. C. Tombs
  • Yes, it keeps everything—sweets, oil, candles and haberdashery.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia Mabel Barnes-Grundy
  • Mrs. Meldreth was a respectable elderly woman, who kept a small shop for cheap groceries and haberdashery in the village.

    A Life Sentence Adeline Sergeant
  • I am involved in a whirlwind of haberdashery, Brussels lace, diamonds.

    Nancy Rhoda Broughton
  • He's got professors posting him up now in education—art and literature and haberdashery and such things.

  • There's a way to tote the haberdashery, and I want to get wise to it.

British Dictionary definitions for haberdashery


noun (pl) -eries
the goods or business kept by a haberdasher
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for haberdashery

early 15c., Anglo-French, "goods sold by a haberdasher," from haberdasher + -y (2). Meaning "a haberdasher's shop" is recorded from 1813, with meaning shading to -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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