• WordNet 3.6
    • n haberdasher a merchant who sells men's clothing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Haberdasher A dealer in drapery goods of various descriptions, as laces, silks, trimmings, etc.
    • Haberdasher A dealer in items of men's clothing, such as hats, gloves, neckties, etc. "The haberdasher heapeth wealth by hats."
    • Haberdasher A dealer in small wares, as tapes, pins, needles, and thread.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n haberdasher A dealer in small wares; specifically, a dealer in small articles of dress and in ribbons, trimmings, thread, pins, needles, etc.
    • n haberdasher A dealer in hats; a hatter.
    • n haberdasher A schoolmaster.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Haberdasher hab′ėr-dash-ėr a seller of small-wares, as ribbons, tape, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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., peddler's wares
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. hapertas; ety. dub.; not Ice.


In literature:

The other great guilds were the skinners, merchant tailers, salters, haberdashers, ironmongers, vintners, and clothworkers.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Haberdasher, its etymology, 167.
"Notes & Queries, Volume 2, May-December, 1850, Index" by Various
He costumes his tale arbitrarily, like a stage-haberdasher, and invents a voice to deliver it withal.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
England being a nation of shopkeepers could not forgive offenses that might injure a haberdasher.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 2 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
One of those dressing gowns you see in the haberdashers' windows, and wonder who buys them.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
Tomorrow a tailor will arrive, also a haberdasher and a bootmaker.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
At this moment, and our thoughts running thus, we happened to pass by the window of a very alluring haberdasher's shop.
"Plum Pudding" by Christopher Morley
During the last war with England, Eliphalet Wheeler had a store where Miss Betsey Capell, in more modern times, kept a haberdasher's shop.
"Bay State Monthly, Volume I, No. 2, February, 1884" by Various
Naturally he sought the haberdashers along Broadway.
"The Voice in the Fog" by Harold MacGrath
Mankind with the aid of the dressmaker and the haberdasher plumes up at will.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes

In poetry:

Some men, some men
Cannot pass a
(All your life you wait around for some damn man!)
"Chant For Dark Hours" by Dorothy Parker
Poor in purse were both, but rich in
Tender love's delicious plenties;
She a damsel of the kitchen,
He a haberdasher's 'prentice.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
When he that selleth house or land
Shows leak in roof or flaw in right,--
When haberdashers choose the stand
Whose window hath the broadest light,--
"Latter-Day Warnings" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Haberdash owner Britt Sebastian, right, and his office manager, Danté Edwards, outside their recently renamed clothing store on East Main Street.
Truman was a failed businessman (a haberdasher) before entering politics, but that hardly constitutes a ringing endorsement of Romney's claim for private sector ascendency.
Haberdash Fall Look Book Launch Party.
Haberdasher hosting big block party benefit for Wendy Fisher's kids.
Mr Watson planned to visit the haberdasher during the week to find some new shirts for his wardrobe.
Sulka, Haberdasher to Royalty, Is to Close Its Last Shop in U.S. Search All NYTimes.com.
Laid low by a layaway I went over to my haberdasher's the other day and, for a considerable sum of money, bought three new shirts and a jacket of Navy blue.
Haberdasher Frank Peña dresses clients to suit.
"The goal is to get up in the morning and not have to worry that something is not going to fit right," says Frank Peña, haberdasher for Tom James, an international company specializing in bespoke items for men and women.
Chicago's Haberdash Shop Opens Online.
It's been seven long years since they opened up shop in 2005, but cult men's retailer Haberdash has finally made the leap from brick-and-mortar to e-commerce .
Beverly-based haberdasher Matthew Nutter, a.k.a.
Kirby, the stylish haberdasher who caters to style needs of the fashion-challenged, is a rarity in these days of mass production.