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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The collection launches on Ulta.com on July 16th and will land in drugstores by August. refinery29.com, "Camila Cabello's Summer Makeup Line Will Take You Back To Havana," 9 July 2018 His mother had raised nine kids and worked for decades in drugstores and as a nurse’s aide. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "A Devoted Son, A Relentless Detective And, Finally, A Guilty Verdict In Mom's Murder," 30 May 2018 Walgreens also said Thursday that overall sales for its latest quarter rose 9.9% to $33.8 billion as the drugstore chain continues to integrate Rite Aid stores. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Walgreens to Shed $1 Billion in Annual Costs," 20 Dec. 2018 Susan Henderson, spokeswoman for the drugstore chain Rite Aid, described the building where the shooting took place as a support facility adjacent to a larger building. David Mcfadden And Michael Kunzelman, Fox News, "4 dead, including suspect, after Maryland warehouse shooting," 21 Sep. 2018 The apartment was cavernous and right above a corner drugstore. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Blondie’s Chris Stein: A Rebel With a Musical Cause," 6 Nov. 2018 Here are a variety of the best BB creams for any skin type, from drugstore to luxury. Allure, "The 11 Best BB Creams for Every Skin Type," 3 Oct. 2018 The stabbing of the 15-year-old girl at a drugstore in the southwestern town of Kandel in December 2017 shocked Germany and fueled a debate about violence by migrants. Kirsten Grieshaber, The Seattle Times, "German court convicts migrant of murdering ex-girlfriend," 3 Sep. 2018 He was fired from his law enforcement job in 1979 for shoplifting a can of dog repellent and a hammer from a drugstore. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "DNA that led to Golden State Killer suspect's arrest was collected from his car while he shopped," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of drugstore

1771, in the meaning defined above

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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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to gather or build up little by little

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