[klohth-yer, -ee-er]
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Origin of clothier

1325–75; cloth + -ier1; replacing Middle English clother Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a person who makes, sells, or deals in clothes or cloth
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Word Origin and History for clothier

mid-14c., clother; late 15c., clothyer (late 13c. as a surname) Middle English agent noun from cloth; also see -ier, which is unetymological in this word and probably acquired by bad influence.

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