Definition of apothecary
1 : one who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes
2 : pharmacy
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 of apothecary from the Web
Enterprising Chinese apothecaries began commercializing the balm more than a century ago, probably working off older remedies.
Vincent Hartzell Rebecca Clarke Before the U.S. licensed its first pharmacist in 1816, ailing Americans visited apothecaries based solely on reputation.
Founded in 1838, Bigelow is the oldest operating apothecary in the United States.
Launched some 400 years ago, Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, the high-end Florentine perfumer and apothecary, is one of the oldest lifestyle brands on the planet.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of apothecary
Middle English apothecarie, from Medieval Latin apothecarius, from Late Latin, shopkeeper, from Latin apotheca storehouse, from Greek apothēkē, from apotithenai to put away, from apo- + tithenai to put — more at do
First Known Use: 14th century
APOTHECARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of apothecary for English Language Learners
: a person who prepared and sold medicines in past times
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