Definition of druggist in English:



North American
  • A pharmacist or retailer of medicinal drugs.

    • ‘While she taught high school, Duke's late husband, a druggist in town, served as county sheriff for sixteen years.’
    • ‘He knows the characters' feelings, and alternately takes on the roles of narrator, philosophical druggist, host, master of ceremonies, commentator and friend to the audience.’
    • ‘‘Only the druggist down at the corner,’ replied the patient.’
    • ‘My druggist assures me it has no narcotics, mainly Tylenol.’
    • ‘The plate was first coated with collodion, a toxic and inflammable mixture that could be bought from druggists since in its simple state it was used to dress wounds.’
    • ‘These images were successfully adapted by manufacturers, druggists, and beauty salons to promote the sale of skincare products.’
    • ‘It took a little longer that it should have because the druggist had to check hundreds of tiny bottles until he found the right ointment.’
    • ‘The son of a Nottingham druggist and shopkeeper, he moved to London early in life and established himself as a publisher and editor.’
    • ‘He calls the druggist and gets it fixed, but doesn't complain to the man's boss.’
    • ‘Sales to addicts were rationalized by the realization that spurned customers could simply go to another druggist - or a street dealer.’
    • ‘At the register the druggist tells her ‘If you're going to use this under your arms don't use deodorant for a few days.’’
    • ‘Instead, Maureen returned to the nearest town of any substance, several hours away by road, and in sign language described to a druggist what she had seen.’
    • ‘From there, Eli went home to Cerro Gordo, where he got married, became the town druggist, served as postmaster, and eventually started up three newspapers.’
    • ‘Recently, some pharmacists have refused to sell the morning-after pill or refer patients to other druggists, citing moral beliefs.’
    • ‘I know you cut it close to the wire, but I hardly think a chat with the druggist would've made much difference.’
    • ‘It was the druggist herself I spoke to, not a clerk.’
    • ‘Both would appear seven years later in It's a Wonderful Life, as Clarence the Angel and Mr. Gower, the druggist, respectively.’
    • ‘Not only do druggists lose sales, but purchases of other products - from sunscreen to pantyhose - also shrink.’
    • ‘An elderly woman, who happened to be the druggist's wife, asked us questions about our home town, Army life, our business in Troy, etc.’
    • ‘The first Koreans to move to American were ginseng dealers, who disembarked in Hawaii in 1896, and grocers and druggists soon followed.’


Early 17th century: from French droguiste, from drogue ‘drug’.