- a cupronickel coin and monetary unit of modern Greece until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 lepta. Abbreviation: dr., drch.
- the principal silver coin of ancient Greece.
- a small unit of weight in ancient Greece, approximately equivalent to the U.S. and British apothecaries' dram.
- any of various modern weights, especially a dram.
Origin of drachma
Examples from the Web for drachma
They reckon that the Greeks will use their votes to demand a return to the drachma and trigger a stampede on the banks.Will Greece Leave the Euro Zone?
June 13, 2012
“This is not just about the euro or the drachma,” Samaras told a Greek reporter last week.Greek Elections May Force Euro Withdrawal
Barbie Latza Nadeau
June 10, 2012
Men who take from the poor daily interest for a drachma, and spend it in debauchery.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Nine oboli were a drachma and a half, or about six sestertii.Plutarch's Lives, Volume IV
Oh, she was most reasonable: one drachma, and a loaf of bread.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4
Lucian of Samosata
Five obols went to the drachma, and a hundred drachmas to the mina.Callias
Alfred John Church
"I would have given a thousand drachma to have got to the train," said the girl moodily.Command
- the former standard monetary unit of Greece, divided into 100 lepta; replaced by the euro in 2002
- US another name for dram (def. 2)
- a silver coin of ancient Greece
- a unit of weight in ancient Greece
Word Origin and History for drachma
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.