Definition of haberdasher noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhæbədæʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæbərdæʃər//
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  1. 1(old-fashioned, British English) a person who owns or works in a shop/store selling small articles for sewing, for example, needles, pins, cotton and buttons
  2. 2haberdasher’s (pl. haberdashers) a shop/store that sells these things
  3. 3(North American English) a person who owns, manages or works in a shop/store that makes and sells men’s clothes
  4. Word OriginMiddle 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 cent.
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