apothecary

noun
apoth·​e·​cary | \ ə-ˈpä-thə-ˌker-ē How to pronounce apothecary (audio) , -ˌke-rē \
plural apothecaries

Essential Meaning of apothecary

: a person who prepared and sold medicines in past times

Full Definition of apothecary

1 : one who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes
2 : pharmacy

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Apothecaries, Bodegas, and Boutiques

Apothecary, bodega, and boutique may not look very similar, but they are all related both in meaning and in origin. Each of these words can be traced back to a Latin word for “storehouse” (apotheca), and each one refers in English to a retail establishment of some sort. Although bodega initially meant “a storehouse for wine,” it now most commonly refers to a grocery store in an urban area, especially one that specializes in Hispanic groceries. Boutique has also taken on new meanings: its first sense in English (“a small retail store”) is still current, but it now may also denote “a small company that offers highly specialized products or services.” Of the three words, apothecary has changed the least; it has gone from referring solely to the person who sells drugs or medicines to also naming the store where such goods are sold.

Examples of apothecary in a Sentence

in olden days the apothecary had few drugs that actually cured anything, most substances being little more than pain relievers the historic village boasts an old-fashioned apothecary that's been there for almost a century and a half
Recent Examples on the Web But the explosion of tidy cubbies and drawers that causes an ultramodern kitchen to resemble the study of a 19th-century apothecary is not merely the result of refrigerators becoming cabinets. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 The right tiny glass bottles, which will make your bathroom look like a chic apothecary, can transform your face better than almost anything, short of a visit to the dermatologist. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 2 Apr. 2021 The right tiny glass bottles, which will make your bathroom look like a chic apothecary, can transform your face better than almost anything, short of a visit to the dermatologist. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 2 Apr. 2021 The right tiny glass bottles, which will make your bathroom look like a chic apothecary, can transform your face better than almost anything, short of a visit to the dermatologist. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 2 Apr. 2021 The right tiny glass bottles, which will make your bathroom look like a chic apothecary, can transform your face better than almost anything, short of a visit to the dermatologist. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 2 Apr. 2021 The right tiny glass bottles, which will make your bathroom look like a chic apothecary, can transform your face better than almost anything, short of a visit to the dermatologist. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 2 Apr. 2021 The right tiny glass bottles, which will make your bathroom look like a chic apothecary, can transform your face better than almost anything, short of a visit to the dermatologist. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 2 Apr. 2021 The right tiny glass bottles, which will make your bathroom look like a chic apothecary, can transform your face better than almost anything, short of a visit to the dermatologist. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of apothecary

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apothecary

Middle English apothecarie, apotecarie, pothecarie, borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French apothecaire, ipotecaire, borrowed from Medieval Latin apotēcārius, apothēcārius, going back to Late Latin, "shopkeeper," from Latin apothēca "storeroom, storehouse, repository" (borrowed from Greek apothḗkē, from apothē-, variant stem of apotithénai "to put away, stow away" —from apo- apo- + tithénai "to put, place"— + -kē, noun suffix) + -ārius -ary entry 1 — more at do entry 1

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“Apothecary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apothecary. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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apothecary

noun
apoth·​e·​cary | \ ə-ˈpä-thə-ˌker-ē How to pronounce apothecary (audio) \
plural apothecaries

Kids Definition of apothecary

apothecary

noun
apoth·​e·​cary | \ ə-ˈpäth-ə-ˌker-ē How to pronounce apothecary (audio) \
plural apothecaries

Medical Definition of apothecary

1 : a person who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes : druggist, pharmacist

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