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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tobacconist

Historical Examples of tobacconist

  • 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?'


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for tobacconist



mainly British a person or shop that sells tobacco, cigarettes, pipes, etc
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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).

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