American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British A dealer in cloth or clothing and dry goods.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who makes or sells cloths; a dealer in cloths: as, a linen- draper or woolen- draper.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who sells cloths; a dealer in cloths.
- n. a dealer in fabrics and sewing materials (and sometimes in clothing and drygoods)
- Middle English, weaver or seller of cloth, from Old French drapier, from drap, cloth; see drape. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He left the Court and returned to his cure, and as soon as he came there, he called the draper and the tailor, and he had a gown made which trailed three quarters of an ell on the ground; for he told the tailor how he had been reproved for wearing a short gown, and ordered to wear a long one.”
“Mr Buck, a stiff, old-fashioned linen-draper, is waiting for notice in the adjoining pew; what I chiefly remember about him is, that in his best parlour there hung a large frame, containing what I never saw anywhere else, varieties in "darning," all sorts of fabrics being admirably imitated,”
“He was in Galveston ordering supplies for the ranch, when in passing a shop which he would have called a draper's, but which was there designated as dealing in dry goods, he was amazed to see the name "Danby and Strong" in big letters at the bottom of a huge pile of small cardboard boxes that filled the whole window.”
“An alternative - in an old English-Latin dictionary - was "wool-draper", probably using "draper" in the sense of "fabric seller".”
“I don't doubt they are from what you tell me -- you could look about meanwhile for a temporary appointment, say as '-- he checked himself from uttering the word' shop girl, 'and substituted for it,' draper's assistant. ”
“With this all-star season featuring returning favorites like season one's Austin Scarlett, and season four's draper extraordinaire Rami Kashou, it makes you yearn for a simpler time when reality TV didn't have to try quite so hard to be entertaining.”
“There's Mog Edwards, the draper in love with Miss Myfanwy Price; Polly Garter, the town prostitute in love with babies; and the formidable Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard, twice widowed, who keeps a boarding house but will not have any guests in it lest they breathe on the furniture.”
“Government service: After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in Islamic Studies, draper joined the State Department and completed a year-long tour in Saudi Arabia as a consular officer.”
“As a young State Department political officer based in Istanbul, hannah draper is focused on helping improve the standing and lives of women in Turkish society.”
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All these terms have a (different) American English equivalent. Wonder if you can identify them?
Let's keep this to reasonably well known family names that are or used to be professions, trades, or arts.
Hey kids! What do YOU want to be when you grow up?!
Reprint edition, Devon: Latimer Trend & Co., Ltd., 1969. Full original citation (you'd better grab a drink and sit down) is:
Some of these professions still exist today but the word for them has changed; some (mason or boatswain, for example), are still in use but are included for their rich historical associations. Som...
NB: this list being not limited to haberdashery in the strictest sense, but also including items of the milliner's trade, the mercer's trade, and the tailor's trade, it is to be noted that I just r...
People who make stuff.
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