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[tuh-bak-uh-nist] /təˈbæk ə nɪst/
a dealer in tobacco, especially the owner of a store that sells pipe tobaccos, cigarettes, and cigars.
Origin of tobacconist
1590-1600; tobacco + intrusive -n- + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And the tobacconist was left alone in his shop, smoking gravely.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • "Two weeks less for lodgings," she thought, as she returned to the tobacconist's.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • At the barber's or tobacconist's they asked familiarly, 'Do you think you will ever get to Bankok?'

    Youth Joseph Conrad
  • It is inevitable that I give you the impression that I am in love with the tobacconist's wife.

  • A moment ago I said the other woman, the tobacconist's wife, went with me.

  • He hurried back to the tobacconist's where the telephone sign had been.

    The Daffodil Mystery

    Edgar Wallace
  • Down below the cabman and tobacconist were engaged in conversation.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • One little Jew, a tobacconist, was very proud that his only cost $48.

    A Tramp's Notebook Morley Roberts
  • Then Lola ventured to ask, "Are you speaking of Mr. Watson the tobacconist?"

    Overland Tales

    Josephine Clifford
  • And I sealed the letter with much wax, so that the tobacconist laughed at me.

    Pietro Ghisleri F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for tobacconist


(mainly Brit) a person or shop that sells tobacco, cigarettes, pipes, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tobacconist

"dealer in tobacco," 1650s, from tobacco + -ist + abnormal inserted consonant; earlier meaning was "person addicted to tobacco" (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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