apothecary

noun
apoth·e·cary | \ə-ˈpä-thə-ˌker-ē, -ˌke-rē\
plural apothecaries

Definition of apothecary 

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

2 : pharmacy

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for apothecary

Synonyms

drugstore, pharmacy

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Anima Mundi Herbals manufactures locally, with an apothecary and adjacent factory in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. New York Times, "What Are Adaptogens?," 1 June 2018 Wildwood’s shiny copper equipment is visible from the tasting room, which is designed to look like a vintage English apothecary. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Backed by his boss, John Howie, sommelier/master distiller Erik Liedholm pours his heart and talent into award-winning liquors," 20 June 2018 But according to the state, the medical cannabis shops CANNOT call themselves dispensaries, pharmacies, drugstores or apothecaries. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan: It's not a pot shop, it's a marijuana 'provisioning center'," 12 June 2018 Soon apprenticed as an apothecary, Arnold eventually set up his own general-goods shop in New Haven and, with an eye to the main chance, began making merchant voyages to Canada and the West Indies. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold’ and ‘Turncoat’ Review: His Own Worst Enemy," 24 May 2018 CH Projects’ other San Diego concepts include Ironside Fish & Oyster, El Dorado cocktail lounge, Underbelly asian fusion restaurant, Polite Provisions apothecary bar and the new Born and Raised steakhouse. Brady Macdonald, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Raised by Wolves brings hidden bar concept to suburban mall," 11 May 2018 Find that boar-bristle shaving brush Long before there was a Walgreen’s or a CVS on every corner, Merz Apothecary, founded in 1875, has offered the wisdom of the local apothecary. chicagotribune.com, "Secret Chicago: 40 of the city's best-kept mystery spots," 1 May 2018 Fleming had an apothecary and a small wooden table with a carving on the front drawer. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Country Antiques Returns For Its 27th Year," 17 Apr. 2018 The couple also run Mountain Dandy across the alley—a Western-themed men’s shop featuring high-end apothecary, vintage photographs, and handmade leather accessories. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Jackson Hole Is the Perfect Ski Town," 21 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'apothecary.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of apothecary

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about apothecary

Share apothecary

Statistics for apothecary

Last Updated

30 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for apothecary

The first known use of apothecary was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for apothecary

apothecary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of apothecary

: a person who prepared and sold medicines in past times

apothecary

noun
apoth·e·cary | \ə-ˈpä-thə-ˌker-ē \
plural apothecaries

Kids Definition of apothecary

apothecary

noun
apoth·e·cary | \ə-ˈpäth-ə-ˌker-ē \
plural apothecaries

Medical Definition of apothecary 

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on apothecary

What made you want to look up apothecary? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!