Nearby words

  1. dracunculiasis,
  2. dracunculus,
  3. dracut,
  4. draegerman,
  5. draff,
  6. draft animal,
  7. draft beer,
  8. draft board,
  9. draft chair,
  10. draft dodger


    on draft, available to be drawn from a cask rather than from a sealed bottle: imported beer on draft.

Also especially British, draught (for defs 1, 3–10, 18–25, 28–33, 35–38).

Origin of draft

later spelling of draught (since 16th century)

Related forms
Can be confuseddraft draught Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for draft

British Dictionary definitions for draft



a plan, sketch, or drawing of something
a preliminary outline of a book, speech, etc
another word for bill of exchange
a demand or drain on something
the divergent duct leading from a water turbine to its tailrace
US selection for compulsory military service
detachment of military personnel from one unit to another
commerce an allowance on merchandise sold by weight
a line or narrow border that is chiselled on the surface of a stone to serve as a guide for levelling it
Australian and NZ a group of livestock separated from the rest of the herd or flock

verb (tr)

to draw up an outline or sketch for somethingto draft a speech
to prepare a plan or design of
to detach (military personnel) from one unit to another
mainly US to select for compulsory military service
to chisel a draft on (stone, etc)
Australian and NZ
  1. to select (cattle or sheep) from a herd or flock
  2. to select (farm stock) for sale

noun, verb

Derived Formsdrafter, noun

Word Origin for draft

C16: variant of draught

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Word Origin and History for draft



c.1500, spelling variant of draught (q.v.) to reflect change in pronunciation. Among the senses that have gone with this form of the word in American English, the meaning "rough copy of a writing" (something "drawn") is attested from 14c.; that of "preliminary sketch from which a final copy is made" is from 1520s; that of "flow of a current of air" is from c.1770. Of beer from the 1830s, in reference to the method of "drawing" it from the cask. Sense in bank draft is from 1745. The meaning "a drawing off a group for special duty" is from 1703, in U.S. especially of military service; the verb in this sense first recorded 1714. Related: Drafted; drafting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for draft




A measured portion of a liquid or aerosol medication; a dose.

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Culture definitions for draft


A preliminary version of a book, speech, essay, or outline.

A system for selecting young men for compulsory military service, administered in the United States by the Selective Service System. At present the United States relies on a volunteer military and does not have a draft, though young men are required by law to register with the Selective Service. (See also conscientious objector and draft dodger.)

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