from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The primary unit of currency in Greece before the adoption of the euro.
- n. An ancient Greek silver coin.
- n. One of several modern units of weight, especially the dram.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The currency of Greece from ancient times until 2001, with the symbol ₯, since replaced by the euro.
- n. A coin worth one drachma.
- n. An Ancient Greek weight of about 66.5 grains.
- n. A later Greek weight equal to a gram.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A silver coin among the ancient Greeks, having a different value in different States and at different periods. The average value of the Attic drachma is computed to have been about 19 cents (U. S. currency, ca. 1913).
- n. A gold and silver coin of modern Greece worth 19.3 cents.
- n. Among the ancient Greeks, a weight of about 66.5 grains; among the modern Greeks, a weight equal to a gram.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principal silver coin of the ancient Greeks.
- n. A silver coin of the modern kingdom of Greece, by law of the same value as the French franc, equal to 19.3 United States cents. It is divided into 100 lepta.
- n. A weight among the ancient Greeks, being that of the silver coin. See drum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. formerly the basic unit of money in Greece
- n. a unit of apothecary weight equal to an eighth of an ounce or to 60 grains
Latin, from Greek drakhmē, from drassesthai, drakh-, to grasp.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek δραχμή (drakhmē, "a drachma"), from δράσσομαι (drassomai, "to grasp, seize") (Wiktionary)