(chiefly british) A dealer in sewing notions and small wares.
A dealer in men's furnishings.
A person whose work or business is selling men's accessories, such as hats, shirts, neckties, and gloves.
(brit.) A dealer in various small articles, such as ribbons, thread, and needles.
Other Word Forms
Origin of haberdasher
- Middle English perhaps from Anglo-Norman hapertas petty wares
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Uncertain but may derive from Anglo-Norman habertas (“small goods”)