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

  • n. A dealer in men's furnishings.
  • n. Chiefly British A dealer in sewing notions and small wares.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dealer in ribbons, buttons, thread, needles and similar sewing goods.
  • n. A men's outfitter, usually a men's haberdasher.
  • n. A member of the Haberdashers livery company.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a merchant who sells men's clothing


Middle English, perhaps from Anglo-Norman hapertas, petty wares.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Uncertain but may derive from Anglo-Norman habertas ("small goods") (Wiktionary)



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  • located in Merriam Webtster's Notebook Dictionary pg 35

    September 25, 2010