Definition of drachma in English:

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drachma

Pronunciation: /ˈdrakmə/

noun (plural drachmas or drachmae /ˈdrakmiː/)

1A former monetary unit of Greece, notionally equal to 100 lepta, replaced in 2002 by the euro.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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