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.
- drachmal, adjective
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How to use drachma in a sentence
They reckon that the Greeks will use their votes to demand a return to the drachma and trigger a stampede on the banks.
But a new drachma is likely to lose at least half of its value compared with the euro.
“This is not just about the euro or the drachma,” Samaras told a Greek reporter last week.
And didn't I put down a solid drachma for you at the feet of Aphrodite's statue, when it was her feast the other day?The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4 | Lucian of Samosata
There, too, a Sicilian medimnus of barley is sold for a drachma, and one of wheat for nine Alexandrine obols.The Histories of Polybius, Vol. II (of 2) | Polybius
An assarion is a small Roman copper coin worth one tenth of a drachma, or about an hour's wages for an agricultural laborer.
A drachma is a Greek silver coin worth about one Roman denarius, or about a day's wages for an agricultural laborer.
Half a silver shekel was a drachma, and this was therefore the true ancestor of our shilling.India: What can it teach us? | F. Max Mller
British Dictionary definitions for drachma
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
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