American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A dealer in men's furnishings.
- n. Chiefly British A dealer in sewing notions and small wares.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dealer in small wares; specifically, a dealer in small articles of dress and in ribbons, trimmings, thread, pins, needles, etc.
- n. A dealer in hats; a hatter.
- n. A schoolmaster.
- n. A dealer in ribbons, buttons, thread, needles and similar sewing goods.
- n. US A men's outfitter, usually a men's haberdasher.
- n. UK A member of the Haberdashers livery company.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A dealer in small wares, as tapes, pins, needles, and thread.
- n. A dealer in items of men's clothing, such as hats, gloves, neckties, etc.
- n. A dealer in drapery goods of various descriptions, as laces, silks, trimmings, etc.
- n. a merchant who sells men's clothing
- Uncertain but may derive from Anglo-Norman habertas ("small goods") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, perhaps from Anglo-Norman hapertas, petty wares. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“From the Trinity House record it appears that Prickett was "a land man put in by the Adventurers"; and in the court records he is described, most incongruously, as a "haberdasher" -- facts which place him, as his own very remarkable narrative places him, on a level much above that of the ordinary seamen of Hudson's time.”
“But, in the times we write of, the hosiers, the glovers, the hatters, the mercers, the milliners, and all who dealt in the miscellaneous wares now termed haberdasher's goods, were to be found in this narrow alley.”
“If I were a Democrat, I'd salute Harry S. Truman, the Missouri haberdasher who … whoa, "haberdasher"!”
“From Mrs. Denyse he had heard the story of the pushing young "haberdasher," and his suspicions identified the newcomer.”
“But, in the times we write of, the hosiers, the glovers, the hatters, the mercers, the milliners, and all who dealt in the miscellaneous wares now termed haberdasher’s goods, were to be found in this narrow alley.”
“Out of interest I was looking up the origin and meaning of the word 'haberdasher' and it seems to be a place where men's clothing was sold so I'm not quite sure how I now view it as a place to find sewing notions.”
“But when I did that earlier today (not for "haberdasher") I noticed that the usual source,”
“Harry Truman – the failed haberdasher, the "Senator from Pendergast" – was a war criminal, with one big difference: He was on the side that won.”
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“He lifted the suit from my hands and gently unfolded it, scanning the fabric with the discerning eye native to the experienced haberdasher.”
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