Definition of apothecary in English:



  • A person who prepared and sold medicines and drugs.

    • ‘The growing presence of everyday medical practitioners, like apothecaries and druggists, made magic obsolete.’
    • ‘Apothecary planes were used by pharmacists or apothecaries to cut botanical materials into medically usable sizes.’
    • ‘Glass bottles at this time were used by apothecaries rather than wine merchants, although the wines produced around Florence were sometimes transported in fiaschi wrapped in straw.’
    • ‘So even if you don't want to be a pharmacist or an apothecary, even if you're just taking Advanced because your parents made you, this is a good lesson for all of you.’
    • ‘The purpose of the Medical Society of London was to provide a meeting place and forum for physicians, surgeons, and apothecaries to present papers and patients and to discuss matters of interest.’


Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin apothecarius, from Latin apotheca, from Greek apothēkē ‘storehouse’.