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1British A dealer in small items used in sewing, such as buttons, zips, and thread.
- ‘The gallery is off Oxford Circus, next door to a haberdasher's, established back in 1902.’
- ‘In those days there was a lot going on in the village, which boasted not only seven grocers, but also seven pubs, two greengrocers, two butchers, a chemists, a haberdashers and a post office.’
- ‘Early in the nineteenth century, the number of tailors, furriers, jewellers and haberdashers rose steeply.’
- ‘Among the shops nearby were a grocers, a haberdashers, a sweet shop and a tripe shop.’
- ‘Visit haberdashers to buy three zips for trousers I'm making.’
2North American A dealer in men's clothing.
- ‘Drapers and milliners, haberdashers and tailors, mercers and glovers - these were the ubiquitous tradespeople and retailers of King Street.’
- ‘The stylish haberdasher who caters to style needs of the fashion-challenged, is a rarity in these days of mass production.’
- ‘A tailor and a haberdasher enter with new clothes and a new hat for the couple's return to her house in Padua.’
- ‘Mirror makers, picture framers, artists, cutlers, wig-makers, glass sellers, haberdashers and tailors all jostled for business alongside numerous coffee houses and taverns.’
- ‘Of all his roles, however, he's probably best known to the world at large as a haberdasher to celebrities.’
Middle English: probably based on Anglo-Norman French hapertas, perhaps the name of a fabric, of unknown origin. In early use the term denoted a dealer in a variety of household goods, later also specifically a hatter. Current senses date from the early 17th century.
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