[ klohth-yer, -ee-er ]
/ ˈkloʊð yər, -i ər /


a retailer of clothing.
a person who makes or sells cloth.

Origin of clothier

1325–75; cloth + -ier1; replacing Middle English clother Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clothier


/ (ˈkləʊðɪə) /


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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