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[drak-muh, drahk-] /ˈdræk mə, ˈdrɑk-/
noun, plural drachmas, drachmae
[drak-mee, drahk-] /ˈdræk mi, ˈdrɑk-/ (Show IPA)
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.
Also, drachm.
Origin of drachma
1520-30; < Latin < Greek drachmḗ, probably equivalent to drach- base of drássesthai to grasp + -mē noun suffix (hence literally, handful)
Related forms
drachmal, adjective Unabridged
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  • “Give it for half a drachma a goblet, and we will taste it,” said one of the merchants.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
  • Men who take from the poor daily interest for a drachma, and spend it in debauchery.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • An assarion is a small Roman copper coin worth one tenth of a drachma, or about an hour's wages for an agricultural laborer.

  • Oh, she was most reasonable: one drachma, and a loaf of bread.

  • A drachma of impurities in a bes, would be one part in 64, or 984.4 fine.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • "I would have given a thousand drachma to have got to the train," said the girl moodily.

    Command William McFee
  • It was the principal Greek coin, was made of silver, and was worth (the Attic drachma) about 9d.

  • Seven hundred drachma a month I pay him, and he says it's not enough.

    Command William McFee
British Dictionary definitions for drachma


noun (pl) -mas, -mae (-miː)
the former standard monetary unit of Greece, divided into 100 lepta; replaced by the euro in 2002
(US) another name for dram (sense 2)
a silver coin of ancient Greece
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
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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