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haberdashery

[hab-er-dash-uh-ree] /ˈhæb ərˌdæʃ ə ri/
noun, plural haberdasheries.
1.
a haberdasher's shop.
2.
the goods sold there.
Origin of haberdashery
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English haberdashrye < Anglo-French. See haberdasher, -y3
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Examples from the Web for haberdashery
Historical Examples
  • I left him gloating over his windfall, and plunged into haberdashery.

    Margarita's Soul Ingraham Lovell
  • The girl who had charge of the haberdashery asked if she could serve her.

  • Watch the sales in the autumn and the late spring for bargains in haberdashery.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • I must say the suit case contained a nice assortment of haberdashery.

    The Adventures Of A Suburbanite Ellis Parker Butler
  • Yes, it keeps everything—sweets, oil, candles and haberdashery.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia Mabel Barnes-Grundy
  • I am involved in a whirlwind of haberdashery, Brussels lace, diamonds.

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

  • There is no employment quieter, peacefuller than that of a clerk in a haberdashery.

    The Voice in the Fog

    Harold MacGrath
  • That afternoon, when Forbes was lured into the haberdashery, he had invested in black silk hosiery, very sheer and very dear.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • Mercers were at first general dealers in all small wares, including wigs, haberdashery, and even spices and drugs.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
British Dictionary definitions for haberdashery

haberdashery

/ˈhæbəˌdæʃərɪ/
noun (pl) -eries
1.
the goods or business kept by a haberdasher
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Word Origin and History for haberdashery
n.

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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