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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for haberdashery
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  • 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


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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