Definition of clothier in English:



  • A person or company that makes or sells clothes or cloth.

    • ‘Trowbridge was developed as a major woollen town, with the wealth of clothiers (going back to the 16th century) ensuring a rich-built legacy within the town.’
    • ‘The son of a tenant farmer in western New York, he gained a minimal education before he was apprenticed as a clothier.’
    • ‘There was a restaurant, a small jewelry shop, and three clothiers… all of which sold used as well as new clothing… and the inevitable souvenir shop.’
    • ‘For 27 years he owned a Chicago-based clothiers, which filed for bankruptcy in February 2000.’
    • ‘An elegant-looking woman approached them as they entered the clothier, her hair color the same as his, except long and silky.’
    • ‘The finished product would then be sold to a clothier.’
    • ‘The son of a rich clothier, he gave up wealth and privilege to dress in rags.’
    • ‘It is probably the county's best-known town house, and when new-built about 1500 for wealthy clothiers it was bang up to date.’
    • ‘The 19th century cloth mills still line the banks of the river and the old clothiers ' houses and weavers' cottages provide plenty of old world charm.’
    • ‘What makes you think I'm going anywhere but to the nearest clothier for a new dress?’
    • ‘Before they became moguls, the men who made Hollywood had been clothiers, merchants, traders in diamonds and fox stoles, yard-goods and dry-goods salesmen.’
    • ‘Her father was a clothier, and a successful one.’
    • ‘Because I didn't have opportunities to network with other home-based professional clothiers and had no educational instruction in business techniques, I set my prices too low.’
    • ‘His father was also called Jonas and was a clothier.’
    • ‘MPs who railed against the destruction of traditional steel and coal industries are quite happy to see equally traditional farriers, clothiers, boot-makers, stables and kennels go to the wall.’
    • ‘Five years ago, he decided to move uptown to Harlem where a number of black designers and clothiers have also opened boutiques, either for the first time or as an extension of their line.’
    • ‘And clothiers, greengrocers, chemists, jewellers and fast food shops are all ensuring the areas around their premises are kept clean.’
    • ‘He was the son of the greatest clothier of the day and MP for the cloth town of Devizes from the 1690s to his death.’


Middle English clother, from cloth. The change in the ending was due to association with -ier.