- a unit of apothecaries' weight, equal to 60 grains, or 1/8 (0.125) ounce (3.89 grams).
- 1/16 (0.0625) ounce, avoirdupois weight (27.34 grains; 1.77 grams). Abbreviation: dr., dr
verb (used without object), drammed, dram·ming.
verb (used with object), drammed, dram·ming.
- drake passage,
- drake, joseph rodman,
- drake, sir francis,
- dram glass,
- dram. pers.,
- drama queen,
- drama therapy
Origin of dram
Examples from the Web for dram
The Hakushu 12 was a little peaty and nutty, the kind of dram I want to unwind with after a fine restaurant meal.Watch Out, Scotland! Japanese Whisky Is on the Rise|Kayleigh Kulp|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wegg having eyed him with an impudent air at leisure, addressed him, therefore, while refreshing himself with his dram.Our Mutual Friend|Charles Dickens
And I take it,” said I, winding up the conversation, “because I like a dram.Tales from "Blackwood," Volume 2|Various
I likewise gave him a dram for himself, & two or three bunches of raisins for his father.
How foolish it was for him to stay and drink that dram, which tasted to him, I dare say, almost as bad as a dose of salts?The Peddler's Boy|Francis C. Woodworth
Governor Williams gave a dram and a piece of tobacco to each of the males of the party.
Word Origin for dram
n acronym for
mid-15c., "small weight of apothecary's measure," a phonetic spelling, from Anglo-Latin dragma, Old French drame, from Late Latin dragma, from Latin drachma "drachma," from Greek drakhma "measure of weight," also, "silver coin," literally "handful" (of six obols, the least valuable coins in ancient Athens), akin to drassesthai "to grasp." The fluid dram is one-eighth of a fluid ounce, hence "a small drink of liquor" (1713); Hence dram shop (1725), where liquor was sold by the shot.