[ hab-er-dash-er ]
/ ˈhæb ərˌdæʃ ər /


a retail dealer in men's furnishings, as shirts, ties, gloves, socks, and hats.
Chiefly British. a dealer in small wares and notions.

Nearby words

  1. habena,
  2. habenula,
  3. haber,
  4. haber process,
  5. haber, fritz,
  6. haberdashery,
  7. habergeon,
  8. habermas,
  9. habile,
  10. habiliment

Origin of haberdasher

1275–1325; Middle English haberdasshere, of obscure origin; compare Anglo-French habredache haberdashery, hapertas perhaps a kind of cloth

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British Dictionary definitions for haberdasher


/ (ˈhæbəˌdæʃə) /


British a dealer in small articles for sewing, such as buttons, zips, and ribbons
US a men's outfitter

Word Origin for haberdasher

C14: from Anglo-French hapertas small items of merchandise, of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for haberdasher



early 14c., "seller of various small articles of trade" (late 13c. as a surname), agent noun from Anglo-French hapertas "small wares," also a kind of fabric, of unknown origin. Sense of "dealer in men's wares" is 1887 in American English, via intermediate sense of "seller of caps."

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