Definition of drachma in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdrakmə

noun (plural drachmas or drachmae /-miː/)

  • 1A former monetary unit of Greece, notionally equal to 100 lepta, replaced in 2002 by the euro.
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    • Although we were told that the price of living here had become much more expensive since the euro replaced the drachma, it still seemed pretty cheap to us - especially eating out.
    • The drachma disappeared, replaced by the euro when Greece joined the single European currency.
    • The euro, which replaces the old francs, marks, guilders, pesetas, escudos, drachmas, and lire of the European Union, is not yet five years old.
  • 1.1A silver coin of ancient Greece.


via Latin from Greek drakhmē, an Attic weight and coin. Compare with dirham and drachm.

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