follow Dictionary.com

"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults

drachma

[drak-muh, drahk-] /ˈdræk mə, ˈdrɑk-/
noun, plural drachmas, drachmae
[drak-mee, drahk-] /ˈdræk mi, ˈdrɑk-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a cupronickel coin and monetary unit of modern Greece until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 lepta.
Abbreviation: dr., drch.
2.
the principal silver coin of ancient Greece.
3.
a small unit of weight in ancient Greece, approximately equivalent to the U.S. and British apothecaries' dram.
4.
any of various modern weights, especially a dram.
Also, drachm.
Origin of drachma
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin < Greek drachmḗ, probably equivalent to drach- base of drássesthai to grasp + -mē noun suffix (hence literally, handful)
Related forms
drachmal, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for drachma
  • drachma is the captain of the small fishing airship, little jack.
British Dictionary definitions for drachma

drachma

/ˈdrækmə/
noun (pl) -mas, -mae (-miː)
1.
the former standard monetary unit of Greece, divided into 100 lepta; replaced by the euro in 2002
2.
(US) another name for dram (sense 2)
3.
a silver coin of ancient Greece
4.
a unit of weight in ancient Greece
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from Greek drakhmē a handful, from drassesthai to seize
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for drachma
n.

1570s, from Greek drakhme, an Attic coin and weight, probably originally "a handful" (see dram). Earlier as dragme (late 14c.), from Old French dragme, from Medieval Latin dragma.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for drachma

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for drachma

15
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for drachma