Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A scientist specializing in chemistry.
  • n. Chiefly British A pharmacist.
  • n. Obsolete An alchemist.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person whose occupation specializes in the science of chemistry, especially at a professional level.
  • n. A pharmacist.
  • n. A pharmacy.
  • n. An alchemist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person versed in chemistry or given to chemical investigation; an analyst; a maker or seller of chemicals or drugs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An alchemist.
  • n. A person versed in chemistry; one whose business is to make chemical examinations or investigations, or who is engaged in the operations of applied chemistry.
  • n. Loosely, one who deals in drugs and medicines.
  • n. A degree conferred by some institutions upon the completion of a stated course in chemistry.
  • n. Same as chemiater.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a scientist who specializes in chemistry
  • n. a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs

Etymologies

Obsolete chimist, from New Latin chimista, from Medieval Latin alchymista, alchemist, from alchymia, alchemy; see alchemy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested 1562;, from French chimiste, from Medieval Latin chimista for earlier alchimista, from Arabic الكيمياء (al-kímiya’), from article al- + Ancient Greek χυμεία (khumeia, "art of alloying metals"), from χύμα (khuma, "fluid"), from χυμός (khumos, "juice"), from χέω (kheō, "I pour"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In professional circles I blunder through calling somebody a chemist is almost as insulting as calling them a butcher ......

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  • The chemist is the successor to the alchemist; and in Wales we still call a chemist

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  • But now there is an observer whose methods of observation are more refined than those of men who use their eye, even though it be aided by the microscope; a man who sees indirectly further than we can see directly — that is, the chemist; and the chemist took up this question, and his discovery was not less remarkable than that of the microscopist.

    Essays

  • Indeed, he was still devoted to the study of chemistry, and had a laboratory of his own in which he used to shut himself up all day long, greatly to the annoyance of his mother, who had set her heart on his standing for Parliament and had a vague idea that a chemist was a person who made up prescriptions.

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • The domestic affairs of the chemist were a favourite subject of gossip, but sometimes his attainments came in for mention too; they did to-night, the cousin being in a garrulous mood.

    The Good Comrade

  • The chemist was a tall man with a hook nose and black eyes that clinched like rivets.

    The Blind Spot

  • The chemist was a mild little man, with a high forehead, round spectacles, a little red beak of a nose, and a weak grey beard.

    The Tinted Venus A Farcical Romance

  • The chemist was a worthy old creature with a white beard and solemn ways.

    The Children of the King

  • Indeed, he was still devoted to the study of chemistry, and had a laboratory of his own, in which he used to shut himself up all day long, greatly to the annoyance of his mother, who had set her heart on his standing for Parliament, and had a vague idea that a chemist was a person who made up prescriptions.

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • Indeed, he was still devoted to the study of chemistry, and had a laboratory of his own, in which he used to shut himself up all day long, greatly to the annoyance of his mother, who had set her heart on his standing for Parliament and had a vague idea that a chemist was a person who made up prescriptions.

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

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  • "Mind, they say, rules the world. But what rules the mind? The body. And the body (follow me closely here) lies at the mercy of the most omnipotent of all mortal potentates — the Chemist."

    -- Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

    February 10, 2010