from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Filene, Edward Albert 1860-1937. American merchant who built William Filene and Sons, a successful dry goods store, and promoted the American credit union movement.


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  • The price tag for every item in Filene's Basement included the date it was first put on sale.

    Shoe-a-Palooza | The Stiletto Gang

  • (That's Filene as in Filene's Basement, by the way.)

    Someone to watch over me

  • We played dress-up in Filene's Basement, walked around The Strand, and had dinner at an Indian place on the Upper West Side.


  • Another example that Professor O’Brien mentioned was the Charge of the Brides that happens in Filene’s Basement every year, which I remember from that episode of Friends.

    On Cultural Evolution « One Size Fits One

  • Chairman of Abacus Advisors LLC, today announced that FB Liquidating Estate (formerly known as Filene's Basement, Inc.) confirmed its chapter 11 plan and will soon make an initial distribution to unsecured creditors of the bankrupt retailer, whose trade name, leases and other assets were sold to an affiliate of Syms Corp.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Last month, Vornado Realty Trust and Gale International revised One Franklin, better known as the Filene's project, by eliminating 166 condominiums because the development team can't get financing for housing.

    Business -

  • TJX also is expected to benefit from the troubles of rivals such as Filene's Basement, Linens 'N Things and Mervyn's, which have filed for bankruptcy protection or are liquidating stores.

    Discounter TJX Posts 7.9% Rise in Profit

  • When Andersen shipped his unit back, 'Filene's couldn't find it for months and kept demanding payment for both.

    Dissing Customers

  • I predict that in the next few months stores such as Filene's basement, T.J. Maxx and Loehman's will see a rise in sales as people, especially women, want to maintain the mental illusion of luxury that they created for themselves when the economy was more robust.

    Pauline Millard: Never Underestimate Women's Vanity

  • Retail Ventures plunged 2.40, or 37%, to 4.16 on the New York Stock Exchange after the Columbus, Ohio, operator of stores such as Filene's Basement and DSW posting muted fiscal third-quarter sales growth.

    Retail Ventures, Quiksilver


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