Definition of chemist noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkemɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkemɪst//
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  1. 1 (also dispensing chemist) (both British English) (North American English druggist) a person whose job is to prepare and sell medicines, and who works in a shop compare pharmacist See related entries: Professions
  2. 2   chemist’s (pl. chemists) (British English) a shop/store that sells medicines and usually also soap, make-up, etc. You can obtain the product from all good chemists. Take this prescription to the chemist's. I'll get it at the chemist's. a chemist’s/chemist shop see also drugstore compare pharmacy More Like This Shops, etc. with apostrophes baker’s, barber’s, butcher’s, chemist’s, dentist’s, doctor’s, fishmonger’s, florist’s, greengrocer’s, grocer’s, hairdresser’s, ironmonger’s, jeweller’s, newsagent’s, optician’s, stationer’s, tobacconist’s, travel agent’sSee worksheet. See related entries: Types of stores
  3. 3   a scientist who studies chemistry a research chemist See related entries: Professions
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting an alchemist): from French chimiste, from modern Latin chimista, from alchimista ‘alchemist’, from alchimia, from Arabic al-kīmiyā', from al ‘the’ + kīmiyā' (from Greek khēmia, khēmeia ‘art of transmuting metals’).
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