Definition of tobacconist in US English:



  • A dealer in cigarettes, tobacco, cigars, and other items used by smokers.

    • ‘Living in the tobacconists on Dane Street owned by his parents, Amy and Fred, he would often be woken by the wail of the air-raid sirens.’
    • ‘Across the road from the Cathedral is a tobacconist that sells postcards.’
    • ‘The young George Soros would try to sell little knick-knacks to tobacconists - unsuccessfully, as he now recalls.’
    • ‘For example, smokers who buy their cigarettes in packets of ten in an effort to cut down will have to buy 20 instead, as tobacconists will only be allowed to sell packets ‘containing not less than 20 cigarettes’.’
    • ‘But I don't think you would see British tobacconists flinging boxes of fags into street fires to defend their rights.’
    • ‘My grandfather Amos Dewhirst, a woolsorter and part-time picture-framer from Oxenhope, opened his newsagents, stationers and tobacconists at 232, Oakworth Road, Keighley, in 1899.’
    • ‘Ending up in Syria, he settled down and quickly found work as a tobacconist, where he began experimenting with different cigarette compositions.’
    • ‘It was squashed between a tobacconist and a dressmakers in the middle of a street which was primarily shops.’
    • ‘Mr Beilby, who owns a sweet shop and tobacconists which was set up by his grandfather in 1910, said: ‘As a shopkeeper, I am very pleased that the barber shop will stay as a local amenity.’’
    • ‘Vendors sold postcards in corner stores, in markets, in tobacconists, in newsagents' shops, and on the street.’
    • ‘Austin was a tobacconist and photographic dealer who owned a shop on central Devon Street in New Plymouth.’
    • ‘I may be an unreconstructed teenage rebel, but a law that bans smoking by consenting adults in tobacconists seems to me to be a bad law, and one worth disobeying.’
    • ‘Likewise for smoking - if everyone quit smoking tomorrow, newsagents, tobacconists, cigarette companies would all collapse and thousands more jobs would be lost.’
    • ‘Once he was sure he was out of eyeshot of the tobacconist he dropped the pack of cigarettes, unopened, into one of the discreetly placed rubbish bins surrounded by unnaturally flourishing pot plants.’
    • ‘A robber went into a tobacconist in Auckland, New Zealand, and asked for cigarettes, and threw a $20 note on the counter so that the shopkeeper would open the till.’
    • ‘What is the best way to stop tobacconists selling cigarettes to children?’
    • ‘As a pharmacy we are covered by completely different laws to tobacconists.’
    • ‘Fairly obviously, this indicates that one function of the shop is as a tobacconist, and such shops sell cigarettes et cetera.’
    • ‘They were in the tradition of colportage, hawked by street pedlars who entered bars and workshops, or sold by tobacconists, newsagents, or at railway kiosks.’
    • ‘The specialist tobacconist will no longer be able to advertise cigarettes or hand-rolling tobacco products in the window of the shop.’