to·​bac·​co·​nist tə-ˈba-kə-nist How to pronounce tobacconist (audio)
: a dealer in tobacco especially at retail

Examples of tobacconist in a Sentence

He bought some cigars at the tobacconist's.
Recent Examples on the Web From 2025, only licensed tobacconists and airport shops will be allowed to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products, meaning that vending machines, bars, restaurants and petrol stations will no longer be allowed to offer them. Fox News, 11 May 2023 Rochelle, a 29-year-old woman who started vaping two or three years ago, bought an e-cigarette from a tobacconist and gift shop near downtown Melbourne on Tuesday. Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 2 May 2023 At some restaurants and resorts, a tobacconist like Greene is there to offer suggestions. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 2 Feb. 2023 Next, the assailant went into a tobacco shop, stabbed the tobacconist and two customers, and then went into the local butcher’s shop, according to French news reports.., 5 May 2020 Media reported that the attacker first went into a tobacco shop and stabbed the tobacconist and two customers, before attacking several other people in the vicinity of that shop and a nearby bakery. Fox News, 5 Apr. 2020

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Word History


irregular from tobacco + -ist

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tobacconist was in 1657

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Cite this Entry

“Tobacconist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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