haberdasher
noun Etymology: Middle English haberdassher, from modification of Anglo-French hapertas kind of cloth Date: 14th century 1. British a dealer in notions 2. a dealer in men's clothing and accessories

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  • Haberdasher — Hab er*dash er (h[a^]b [ e]r*d[a^]sh [ e]r), n. [Prob. fr. Icel. hapurtask trumpery, trifles, perh. through French. It is possibly akin to E. haversack, and to Icel. taska trunk, chest, pocket, G. tasche pocket, and the orig. sense was perh.,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • haberdasher — (n.) early 14c., seller of various small articles of trade (late 13c. as a surname), agent noun from Anglo Fr. hapertas small wares, also a kind of fabric, of unknown origin. Sense of dealer in men s wares is 1887 in American English, via… …   Etymology dictionary

  • haberdasher — ► NOUN 1) Brit. a dealer in dressmaking and sewing goods. 2) N. Amer. a dealer in men s clothing. DERIVATIVES haberdashery noun. ORIGIN probably from Old French hapertas, perhaps the name of a fabric …   English terms dictionary

  • haberdasher — [hab′ər dash΄ər, hab′ədash΄ər] n. [ME haberdashere, prob. < Anglo Fr hapertas, kind of cloth] 1. a person whose work or business is selling men s furnishings, such as hats, shirts, neckties, and gloves 2. Brit. a dealer in various small… …   English World dictionary

  • Haberdasher — A haberdasher is a person who sells small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons and zippers. [ Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd edition, 1989: A dealer in small articles appertaining to dress, as thread, tape, ribbons, etc.] In U.S.… …   Wikipedia

  • haberdasher — [[t]hæ̱bə(r)dæʃə(r)[/t]] haberdashers 1) N COUNT A haberdasher or a haberdasher s is a shop where small articles for sewing are sold. [BRIT] 2) N COUNT A haberdasher is a shopkeeper who makes and sells men s clothes. [AM] (in BRIT, use tailor) 3) …   English dictionary

  • haberdasher — noun /ˈhæb.ɜː(ɹ)ˌdæʃ.ə(ɹ)/ a) A dealer in ribbons, buttons, thread, needles and similar sewing goods. b) A mens outfitter, usually a mens haberdasher …   Wiktionary

  • haberdasher — [14] No one is too sure what Anglo Norman hapertas meant – perhaps ‘piece of cloth’, perhaps ‘small goods’ – but it is the nearest we can come to the origin of that curious word haberdasher. The theory is that it had an Anglo Norman derivative,… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • haberdasher — [14] No one is too sure what Anglo Norman hapertas meant – perhaps ‘piece of cloth’, perhaps ‘small goods’ – but it is the nearest we can come to the origin of that curious word haberdasher. The theory is that it had an Anglo Norman derivative,… …   Word origins

  • haberdasher — /hab euhr dash euhr/, n. 1. a retail dealer in men s furnishings, as shirts, ties, gloves, socks, and hats. 2. Chiefly Brit. a dealer in small wares and notions. [1275 1325; ME haberdasshere, of obscure orig.; cf. AF habredache haberdashery,… …   Universalium

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