[draft, drahft]
draughts, (used with a singular verb) British. the game of checkers.
Chiefly British, draft ( defs 1, 3–10, 18–25, 38 ).
verb (used with object)
Chiefly British, draft ( defs 28–32 ).
verb (used without object)
Chiefly British, draft ( def 33 ).
Chiefly British, draft ( defs 35–37 ).

1150–1200; Middle English draht (cognate with Dutch dracht, German Tracht, Old Norse drāttr); akin to Old English dragan to draw, drōht a pull (at the oars)

draughter, noun
underdraught, noun

draft, draught, drought (see pronunciation note at the current entry).

Draught is a variant spelling of draft and is normally pronounced the same way, as [draft] or [drahft] or with a vowel somewhere between [a] and [ah]. A pronunciation [drawt] is sometimes heard for draught, perhaps because -aught is frequently pronounced [-awt] elsewhere, as in caught and taught.
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draught or draft (drɑːft)
1.  a current of air, esp one intruding into an enclosed space
2.  a.  the act of pulling a load, as by a vehicle or animal
 b.  (as modifier): a draught horse
3.  the load or quantity drawn
4.  a portion of liquid to be drunk, esp a dose of medicine
5.  the act or an instance of drinking; a gulp or swallow
6.  the act or process of drawing air, smoke, etc, into the lungs
7.  the amount of air, smoke, etc, inhaled in one breath
8.  a.  beer, wine, etc, stored in bulk, esp in a cask, as opposed to being bottled
 b.  (as modifier): draught beer
 c.  on draught drawn from a cask or keg
9.  Also called: draughtsman, US and Canadian equivalent: checker any one of the 12 flat thick discs used by each player in the game of draughts
10.  the depth of a loaded vessel in the water, taken from the level of the waterline to the lowest point of the hull
11.  feel the draught to be short of money
[C14: probably from Old Norse drahtr, of Germanic origin; related to draw]
draft or draft
[C14: probably from Old Norse drahtr, of Germanic origin; related to draw]
'draughter or draft
'drafter or draft

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, from O.E. *dreaht, *dræht, related to dragan "to draw, drag" (see drag). Oldest sense besides that of "pulling" is of "drinking;" meaning "current of air" ("drawn" through an opening) is 18c. It retains the functions that did not branch off with draft.
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Example sentences
The large concrete-shell cooling towers used on power stations are a special variety of the chimney-type natural-draught tower.
The draught animal has it easy; it needs merely to pull.
This large, icy house is full of draughts.
This is one of the problems with subsidies - they're basically ensuring the job
  draught will continue.
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