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[druhg-ist] /ˈdrʌg ɪst/
a person who compounds or prepares drugs according to medical prescriptions; apothecary; pharmacist; dispensing chemist.
the owner or operator of a drugstore.
Origin of druggist
1605-15; drug1 + -ist; compare French droguiste Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As every druggist knows, dropsy has been one of the incurable diseases when caused either from heart, liver or kidney trouble.

  • In the beginning he had called on her several times along with the druggist.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • The druggist was the first person she "tackled" in her campaign.

    Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • "Do not be uneasy," said the druggist, when he returned to his friends.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • I recognized the latter as a druggist from Pontoise, with a wife of his own.

  • "I'll run to my laboratory for some aromatic vinegar," said the druggist.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • A genial gentleman, the druggist, white-coated and dapper, stepping affably about the fragrant-smelling store.

    Half Portions Edna Ferber
  • Then the druggist joked him about quill-drivers and the law.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • A physician can prescribe without sending his patient to the druggist; and when he does, then it is his words are gold.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • And every morning the druggist rushed for the paper to see if his nomination were in it.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
British Dictionary definitions for druggist


(US & Canadian) a person qualified to prepare and dispense drugs Also called pharmacist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for druggist

1610s, from French droguiste, from droge (see drug (n.)). Earlier drugger (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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