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noun, plural hab·er·dash·er·ies.
  1. a haberdasher's shop.
  2. the goods sold there.
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Origin of haberdashery

1425–75; late Middle English haberdashrye < Anglo-French. See haberdasher, -y3
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Examples from the Web for haberdashery

Historical Examples of haberdashery

  • 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.

  • Yes, it keeps everything—sweets, oil, candles and haberdashery.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia

    Mabel Barnes-Grundy

British Dictionary definitions for haberdashery


noun plural -eries
  1. the goods or business kept by a haberdasher
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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.

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