- 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.
Origin of dram
Related Words for dramdrop, weight, swig, drink, draft, measure, nip, mite, smidgen, slug, quantity, snifter
Examples from the Web for dram
Contemporary Examples of 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
November 16, 2014
Historical Examples of dram
That dram despatched, he poured him out another, and another.Barnaby Rudge
Had that animal Coupeau gone to the Arc de Triomphe to get his dram?L'Assommoir
Mix two drams of the tincture of galls with one dram of lunar caustic, and for marking of linen, use it with a pen as common ink.
Take four ounces of mutton suet, one ounce of bees-wax, one of sweet oil, and a dram each of powdered sugar-candy and gum-arabac.
Dissolve in the mixture three quarters of an ounce of yellow wax, and one dram of camphor, stirring the whole well together.
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.