Definition of apothecary in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpɒθɪk(ə)ri/

noun (plural apothecaries)

A person who prepared and sold medicines and drugs.
Example sentences
  • The growing presence of everyday medical practitioners, like apothecaries and druggists, made magic obsolete.
  • Apothecary planes were used by pharmacists or apothecaries to cut botanical materials into medically usable sizes.
  • The purpose of the Medical Society of London was to provide a meeting place and forum for physicians, surgeons, and apothecaries to present papers and patients and to discuss matters of interest.


Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin apothecarius, from Latin apotheca, from Greek apothēkē 'storehouse'.

  • boutique from mid 18th century:

    Small shops started being called boutiques in French during the mid 18th century. The French word goes back through Latin to Greek apothēkē ‘a storehouse’. This is ultimately the source of apothecary (Late Middle English), and of bodega, a shop in Spain selling wine. In the 1950s boutique came to be used particularly of a shop selling fashionable clothes. Other small businesses claiming exclusive clienteles began to call themselves boutiques: the boutique winery appeared in the United States in the 1970s, and an early mention of a boutique hotel, in New York, dates from 1989.

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