- a druggist; a pharmacist.
- a pharmacy or drugstore.
- (especially in England and Ireland) a druggist licensed to prescribe medicine.
Origin of apothecary
Examples from the Web for apothecary
What I like about Mr. Fleurant, my apothecary, is that his bills are always civil.
So that, if your little girl were old enough, you would give her to an apothecary?
For Tom, after much cogitation, the profession of an apothecary had been selected.Night and Morning, Complete
Every man's house is now not only his castle, but his apothecary shop.
He was the son of an apothecary of Rudkjobing, in the province of Larzeland.
- an archaic word for pharmacist
- law a chemist licensed by the Society of Apothecaries of London to prescribe, prepare, and sell drugs
Word Origin and History for apothecary
mid-14c., "shopkeeper, especially one who stores, compounds, and sells medicaments," from Old French apotecaire (13c., Modern French apothicaire), from Late Latin apothecarius "storekeeper," from Latin apotheca "storehouse," from Greek apotheke "barn, storehouse," literally "a place where things are put away," from apo- "away" (see apo-) + tithenai "to put," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious). Same root produced French boutique and Spanish bodega. Cognate compounds produced Sanskrit apadha- "concealment," Old Persian apadana- "palace."
Drugs and herbs being among the chief items of non-perishable goods, the meaning narrowed 17c. to "druggist" (Apothecaries' Company of London separated from the Grocers' in 1617). Apothecaries formerly were notorious for "the assumed gravity and affectation of knowledge generally put on by the gentlemen of this profession, who are commonly as superficial in their learning as they are pedantic in their language" [Francis Grose, "A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1796]. Hence, Apothecary's Latin, barbarously mangled, also known as Dog Latin.
- One that prepares and sells drugs and other medicines; a pharmacist.