rag trade


noun Slang.

the garment, clothing, or fashion industry.

Nearby words

  1. rag bolt,
  2. rag doll,
  3. rag gourd,
  4. rag paper,
  5. rag rug,
  6. rag-and-bone man,
  7. rag-bag,
  8. rag-doll,
  9. rag-rolling,
  10. raga

Origin of rag trade

First recorded in 1835–45

Also called rag business.

Related formsrag trader, noun

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Examples from the Web for rag business

  • There is, in Galveston a new-invented trade, called “the rag-trade,” which is very profitable.

  • There is in Galveston a new-invented trade, called "the rag-trade," which is very profitable.

    Monsieur Violet|Frederick Marryat

British Dictionary definitions for rag business

rag trade


informal the clothing business, esp the aspects concerned with the manufacture and sale of dresses
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