From Middle High German drāt (“wire, thread”), from Old High German drāt, thrāt, from Proto-Germanic *þrēduz, from Proto-Indo-European *treh₁-tu-, from *terh₁- (“rub, twist”). Related with drehen (“to turn, twist”), with which it was still associated in early modern German, as is proved by the insertion of the lengthening -h- (which is only used before sonorants or stem-finally). Cognate with Dutch draad, Low German Draat, English thread, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish tråd, Icelandic þráður.
- (thread): Faden
- Draht in Duden online