drachma

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdrækmə/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(drakmə, dräk-)

Inflections of 'drachma' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.):
drachmas
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."
drachmae
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
drach•ma  (drakmə, dräk-),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -mas, -mae (drakmə, dräk-),USA pronunciation 
  1. Currencya cupronickel coin and monetary unit of modern Greece, equal to 100 lepta. Abbr.: dr., drch.
  2. Currencythe principal silver coin of ancient Greece.
  3. Weights and Measuresa small unit of weight in ancient Greece, approximately equivalent to the U.S. and British apothecaries' dram.
  4. Weights and Measuresany of various modern weights, esp. a dram.
Also,  drachm.  drachmal, adj. 
  • Greek drachmé̄, probably equivalent. to drach- base of drássesthai to grasp + -mē noun, nominal suffix (hence literally, handful)
  • Latin
  • 1520–30

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
drachma /ˈdrækmə/ n ( pl -mas, -mae / -miː/)
  1. the former standard monetary unit of Greece, divided into 100 lepta; replaced by the euro in 2002
  2. US
    another name for dram
  3. a silver coin of ancient Greece
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin, from Greek drakhmē a handful, from drassesthai to seize
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