Origin of draught

1150–1200; Middle English draht (cognate with Dutch dracht, German Tracht, Old Norse drāttr); akin to Old English dragan to draw, drōht a pull (at the oars)
Related formsdraught·er, nounun·der·draught, noun
Can be confuseddraft draught drought (see pronunciation note at the current entry)

Pronunciation note

Draught is a variant spelling of draft and is normally pronounced the same way, as [draft] /dræft/ or [drahft] /drɑft/ or with a vowel somewhere between [a] /æ/ and [ah] /ɑ/. A pronunciation [drawt] /drɔt/ is sometimes heard for draught, perhaps because -aught is frequently pronounced [-awt] /-ɔt/ elsewhere, as in caught and taught.

Definition for draughter (2 of 2)

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
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British Dictionary definitions for draughter (1 of 2)


/ (drɑːft) /


verb (tr)

noun, verb

Derived Formsdrafter, noun

Word Origin for draft

C16: variant of draught

British Dictionary definitions for draughter (2 of 2)


US draft

/ (drɑːft) /


See also draughts
Derived Formsdraughter or US drafter, noun

Word Origin for draught

C14: probably from Old Norse drahtr, of Germanic origin; related to draw
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Medicine definitions for draughter


[ drăft ]


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

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Culture definitions for draughter (1 of 2)


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

Culture definitions for draughter (2 of 2)


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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