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[hoh-zher] /ˈhoʊ ʒər/
a person who makes or deals in hose or stockings or goods knitted or woven like hose.
Origin of hosier
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425, hosier is from the late Middle English word hosiare. See hose, -ier1 Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • There was never any ice on the window-panes like there was at the grocer's and the hosier's opposite.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Did you see among the embassy, that big ambassador who is a hosier?

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • This hosier was an equal, who had just held his own before monsieur the cardinal.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • Another person, John Mason, a hosier, occupied one-half of the tenement.

    The Town Leigh Hunt
  • He was the son of a hosier, whose real name was not O'Neill, as some have maintained.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Yes, sir, a hosier said to me the other day; I do like my cat.

    Cats W. Gordon Stables
  • The stocking denoted the hosier, the gridiron the ironmonger, and so on.

  • Supposing the hatter, the hosier, and the shoemaker, each paid 10l.

  • Why, Lucie was the daughter of a hosier, and the grand-daughter of a farmer.

    The Deputy of Arcis Honore de Balzac
  • He was a hosier in Aberdeen, but came to London to improve his fortunes.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
British Dictionary definitions for hosier


a person who sells stockings, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hosier

late 14c., hosyere "hose-maker" (attested as a surname from late 12c.), from hose (n.) + -ier, French-influenced agent noun suffix.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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