[ kem-ist ]
/ ˈkɛm ɪst /


a specialist in chemistry.
British. a druggist.
Obsolete. alchemist.

Nearby words

  1. chemise,
  2. chemisette,
  3. chemism,
  4. chemisorb,
  5. chemisorption,
  6. chemistry,
  7. chemmy,
  8. chemnitz,
  9. chemo,
  10. chemo-

Origin of chemist

1555–65; < Greek chēm(ía) alchemy + -ist; replacing chymist < Medieval Latin alchimista

Related formsnon·chem·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chemist


/ (ˈkɛmɪst) /


British a shop selling medicines, cosmetics, etc
British a qualified dispenser of prescribed medicines
a person studying, trained in, or engaged in chemistry
an obsolete word for alchemist

Word Origin for chemist

C16: from earlier chimist, from New Latin chimista, shortened from Medieval Latin alchimista alchemist

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Word Origin and History for chemist



1560s, chymist, "alchemist," from Middle French chimiste, from Medieval Latin chimista, reduced from alchimista (see alchemy). Modern spelling is from c.1790. Meaning "chemical scientist" is from 1620s; meaning "dealer in medicinal drugs" (mostly in British English) is from 1745.

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Medicine definitions for chemist


[ kĕmĭst ]


A scientist specializing in chemistry.
A pharmacist.

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