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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for druggist
Historical Examples
  • To which Shakib replies by going to the druggist with the prescriptions.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • "Maybe the next jury will think differently," argued the druggist.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White
  • Sulphur, mainly, the doctor and druggist Gray pronounced the chemical to be.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden
  • But it was not I who made the last blunder—it was the druggist.

    The Blunders of a Bashful Man Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
  • I thought I might get something from a druggist friend to help me sleep.

  • She had the druggist 'phone the Florist, and then rewarded him by purchasing three Stamps.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • In the beginning he had called on her several times along with the druggist.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • It's only to get away from that fat fellow, you know, the druggist.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • "Do not be uneasy," said the druggist, when he returned to his friends.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Charles, urged by the druggist and by her, allowed himself to be persuaded.

    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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