Origin of hosier

First recorded in 1375–1425, hosier is from the late Middle English word hosiare. See hose, -ier1
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Historical Examples of hosier

  • There was never any ice on the window-panes like there was at the grocer's and the hosier's opposite.


    Emile Zola

  • Did you see among the embassy, that big ambassador who is a hosier?

  • This hosier was an equal, who had just held his own before monsieur the cardinal.

  • 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.


    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for hosier


  1. a person who sells stockings, etc
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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.

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