a person who makes or deals in hose or stockings or goods knitted or woven like hose.

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



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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