2. A dealer in drapery goods of various descriptions, as laces, silks, trimmings, etc.
(Hab"er*dash`er*y) n. The goods and wares sold by a haberdasher; also trifles. Burke.
(Hab`er*dine") (hab`er*den" or ha"ber*din), n. [D. abberdaan, labberdaan; or a French form,
cf. OF. habordeau, from the name of a Basque district, cf. F. Labourd, adj. Labourdin. The l was
misunderstood as the French article.] A cod salted and dried. Ainsworth.
(Ha*ber"ge*on) (ha*ber"je*on or hab"er*jun), n. [F. haubergeon a small hauberk, dim. of
OF. hauberc, F. haubert. See Hauberk.] Properly, a short hauberk, but often used loosely for the
(Hab"i*la*to*ry) a. Of or pertaining to clothing; wearing clothes. Ld. Lytton.
(Hab"ile) a. [F. habile, L. habilis. See Able, Habit.] Fit; qualified; also, apt. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Ha*bil"i*ment) n. [F. habillement, fr. habiller to dress, clothe, orig., to make fit, make ready,
fr. habile apt, skillful, L. habilis. See Habile.]
1. A garment; an article of clothing. Camden.
2. pl. Dress, in general. Shak.
(Ha*bil"i*ment*ed), a. Clothed. Taylor
(Ha*bil"i*tate) a. [LL. habilitatus, p. p. of habilitare to enable.] Qualified or entitled. [Obs.]
(Ha*bil"i*tate) v. t. To fit out; to equip; to qualify; to entitle. Johnson.
(Ha*bil`i*ta"tion) n. [LL. habilitatio: cf. F. habilitation.] Equipment; qualification. [Obs.] Bacon.
(Ha*bil"i*ty) n. [See Ability.] Ability; aptitude. [Obs.] Robynson
(Hab"it) (hab"it) n. [OE. habit, abit, F. habit fr. L. habitus state, appearance, dress, fr. habere
to have, be in a condition; prob. akin to E. have. See Have, and cf. Able, Binnacle, Debt, Due, Exhibit,
1. The usual condition or state of a person or thing, either natural or acquired, regarded as something
had, possessed, and firmly retained; as, a religious habit; his habit is morose; elms have a spreading
habit; esp., physical temperament or constitution; as, a full habit of body.
2. (Biol.) The general appearance and manner of life of a living organism.
3. Fixed or established custom; ordinary course of conduct; practice; usage; hence, prominently, the involuntary
tendency or aptitude to perform certain actions which is acquired by their frequent repetition; as, habit is
second nature; also, peculiar ways of acting; characteristic forms of behavior.
A man of very shy, retired habits.W. Irving.
4. Outward appearance; attire; dress; hence, a garment; esp., a closely fitting garment or dress worn by
ladies; as, a riding habit.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy.Shak.
There are, among the statues, several of Venus, in different habits.Addison.