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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. 2017.
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  • By the time the drugstore was exhausted my health was established, and there has never been much the matter with me since.

    Mark Twain's Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • She was ill, and called with a prescription at a drugstore in Burlington, N. J.

    Whittier-land Samuel T. Pickard
  • Finally he said he couldn't work anymore and was going to drive to the drugstore for something to cure indigestion.

  • Wilson started on, but stopped to look into the drugstore window.

    The Web of the Golden Spider Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • Skeet Thornhill had hurried out from the drugstore, a package of medicine in her hand.

British Dictionary definitions for drugstore


(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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