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[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. 2017.
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  • Something was wanted from the drug store, not two blocks away, and the Wild Rose went in quest of it.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • We've got to call at the drug store at Glenbury, and time presses.

  • When I want to use the 'phone I pop round to the drug store and have a nickel's worth.

    The Sins of the Children Cosmo Hamilton
  • I made guilty trips to the drug store where I had been from the first.

    The Blue Wall Richard Washburn Child
  • He is a clerk in the drug store in Mifflin and he was real pleasant.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin Frances R. Sterrett
  • When he regained his senses, he was lying on a bench in a drug store.

    Owen Clancy's Happy Trail Burt L. Standish
  • A policeman who stood before a drug store two doors away laughed and walked down the street.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • His health was not robust, and confinement in a drug store did not improve it.

    Americans All Various
  • "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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