nounpl. -·mas, -·mae , -·mai
- an ancient Greek silver coin
- an ancient Greek unit of weight approximately equal to the weight of this coin
- any of several modern weights or measures
- the former basic monetary unit of modern Greece
Origin of drachmaClassical Latin from Classical Greek drachm?, literally , a handful from drassesthai, to grasp, take by handfuls from Indo-European base an unverified form dergh-, to grip from source targe
nounpl. drach·mas, or drach·mae
- The primary unit of currency in Greece before the adoption of the euro.
- An ancient Greek silver coin.
- One of several modern units of weight, especially the dram.
Origin of drachmaLatin from Greek drakhmē handful, a handful or bundle of six obols such as could be held in the fist (since the early Greek obol had the shape of a long, slender rod) from drassesthai drakh- to grasp
(plural drachmas or drachmae or drachmai)
From Ancient Greek δραχμή (drakhmē, “a drachma”), from δράσσομαι (drassomai, “to grasp, seize”)