dram

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See also: DRAM, Dram, and dràm

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French dragme, from Late Latin dragma, from Ancient Greek δραχμή (drakhmḗ, unit of weight, a handful), from δράσσομαι (drássomai, I hold, seize).

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dram (plural drams)

  1. (units of measurement) A small unit of weight, variously:
    1. ounce avoirdupois (1.77 g).
    2. Alternative form of drachm: ⅛ ounce apothecary (3.89 g).
    3. (obsolete) Synonym of drachma: a former Greek unit of weight (about 4.3 g).
    4. (now uncommon) Synonym of dirhem: a former Turkish unit of weight (variously 1.5–3.5 g).
  2. Any similarly minute quantity, (now particularly) a small amount of strong alcohol or poison.
    • Milton
      Were I the chooser, a dram of well-doing should be preferred before many times as much the forcible hindrance of evildoing.
    a dram of brandy
  3. (obsolete) Synonym of drachma: a Greek silver coin weighing one drachma; other similar coins.
    • The Bible (King James Version), Ezra 2:69
      They gave after their ability unto the treasure of the work threescore and one thousand drams [i.e., the Persian daric] of gold, and five thousand pound of silver []
  4. A cart formerly used to haul coal in coal mines.
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dram (third-person singular simple present drams, present participle dramming, simple past and past participle drammed)

  1. (dated) To drink drams.
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  2. (dated) To ply with drams of drink.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Armenian դրամ (dram), from Middle Persian 𐭦𐭥𐭦𐭭 (drahm), from Ancient Greek δραχμή (drakhmḗ, unit of weight, a handful), from δράσσομαι (drássomai, I hold, seize).

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dram (plural drams)

  1. (numismatics) The currency of Armenia, divided into 100 luma.
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Etymology[edit]

From drachme (old unit of measurement, about 3.7 g), from Late Latin dragma, from Ancient Greek δραχμή (drakhmḗ, unit of weight, a handful)

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dram c (singular definite drammen, plural indefinite dramme or drammer)

  1. dram (a small quantity of an alcoholic drink)

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dram

  1. first-person singular present indicative of drammen
  2. imperative of drammen

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