1. a specialist in chemistry.
  2. British. a druggist.
  3. Obsolete. alchemist.


  1. British a shop selling medicines, cosmetics, etc
  2. British a qualified dispenser of prescribed medicines
  3. a person studying, trained in, or engaged in chemistry
  4. an obsolete word for alchemist

1560s, chymist, “alchemist,” from Middle French chimiste, from Medieval Latin chimista, reduced from alchimista (see alchemy). Modern spelling is from c.1790. Meaning “chemical scientist” is from 1620s; meaning “dealer in medicinal drugs” (mostly in British English) is from 1745.


  1. A scientist specializing in chemistry.
  2. A pharmacist.

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