drachma

[ drak-muh, drahk- ]
/ ˈdræk mə, ˈdrɑk- /

noun, plural drach·mas, drach·mae [drak-mee, drahk-] /ˈdræk mi, ˈdrɑk-/.

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

drach·mal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for drachma

drachma

/ (ˈdrækmə) /

noun plural -mas or -mae (-miː)

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 for drachma

C16: from Latin, from Greek drakhmē a handful, from drassesthai to seize
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