drug·​store | \-ˌstȯr \

Definition of drugstore 

: a retail store where medicines and miscellaneous articles are sold : pharmacy

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Synonyms for drugstore


apothecary, pharmacy

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Examples of drugstore in a Sentence

we picked up her medicine and some toothpaste at the drugstore

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At that price, consumers and investors can both find good value at the drugstore. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Perrigo: Prescription Strength Value, Over-the-Counter Price," 6 Sep. 2018 The Local, citing an AFP journalist on the scene, said dozens of youths smashed windows at a drugstore and made off with bottles of wine and champagne. Greg Norman, Fox News, "2 dead as France World Cup victory celebrations take violent turn," 16 July 2018 The video shows that on the night of the confrontation, an officer noticed that the vehicle Brown was apparently driving, a Mercedes sedan, was parked across two disabled spots at the drugstore. Dennis Romero /, NBC News, "Video shows cops tackling NBA's Sterling Brown over parking infraction," 24 May 2018 DeAngelo's tenure as an Auburn officer came to an abrupt end in 1979 when he was caught stealing a hammer and a can of dog repellent from a Citrus Heights drugstore. Tony Bizjak And Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Did East Area Rapist suspect commit crimes as an Auburn cop? Police department investigates | The Sacramento Bee," 2 May 2018 The year after the killings, DeAngelo was dismissed from the Auburn force for shoplifting a can of dog repellent and a hammer from a drugstore. Author: Justin Jouvenal, Anchorage Daily News, "To find alleged Golden State Killer, investigators first found his great-great-great grandparents," 1 May 2018 The news sent the shares of drugstore giants CVS Health (cvs, -9.28%), Walgreens Boots Alliance (wba, -9.34%), and Rite Aid (rad, -9.09%) plunging between 8% and 10%. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Walgreens and CVS Shares Plunge After Amazon Announces Deal to Buy Online Pharmacy PillPack," 28 June 2018 No one wants to go around with an oily mop, but the products designed to clean said mop are usually full of unhealthy ingredients that can pollute your scalp and your local ecosystem, plus that cost a premium at the drugstore. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make Your Own Shampoo With Ingredients You Have In Your Kitchen," 31 July 2017 Still willing to settle for some good ol' aloe vera gel from the drugstore (and a little more diligence with your sunscreen reapplication next time)? Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "Could CBD Be The Answer To Summer's Worst Side Effect?," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of drugstore

1771, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2018

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The first known use of drugstore was in 1771

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English Language Learners Definition of drugstore

: a store that sells medicines and various other products (such as newspapers, candy, soap, etc.)


drug·​store | \ˈdrəg-ˌstȯr \

Kids Definition of drugstore

: a store where medicines and other items are sold : pharmacy


drug·​store | \-ˌstō(ə)r, -ˌstȯ(ə)r \

Medical Definition of drugstore 

: a retail store where medicines and miscellaneous articles (as food, cosmetics, and film) are sold

called also pharmacy

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