1. a retail dealer in men’s furnishings, as shirts, ties, gloves, socks, and hats.
  2. Chiefly British. a dealer in small wares and notions.


  1. British a dealer in small articles for sewing, such as buttons, zips, and ribbons
  2. US a men’s outfitter

early 14c., “seller of various small articles of trade” (late 13c. as a surname), agent noun from Anglo-French hapertas “small wares,” also a kind of fabric, of unknown origin. Sense of “dealer in men’s wares” is 1887 in American English, via intermediate sense of “seller of caps.”

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