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or drug store

[druhg-stawr, -stohr] /ˈdrʌgˌstɔr, -ˌstoʊr/
the place of business of a druggist, usually also selling cosmetics, stationery, toothpaste, mouthwash, cigarettes, etc., and sometimes soft drinks and light meals.
Origin of drugstore
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10; drug1 + store Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I am sending this message from the drug store around the corner.

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  • A swarm surrounded the drug store, the glass door of which stood open.

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  • As they were passing the drug store they saw two girls going in.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • But what are we going to do when we get on the roof of the drug store?

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  • They found quite a crowd in front of the "Emporium," as the drug store was called.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • The hall, where the dance was being held, was over the drug store.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • The drug store on the opposite corner, too, was closed for the night.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • They met at the post office or at the drug store and gazed into each other's eyes.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • "I met her first at the drug store last summer," he said defiantly.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for drug store


(US & Canadian) a shop where medical prescriptions are made up and a wide variety of goods and sometimes light meals are sold
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for drug store

also drug-store, 1810, American English, from drug (n.) + store (n.). Drug-store cowboy is 1925, American English slang, originally one who dressed like a Westerner but obviously wasn't.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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