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draught or (US) draft (drɑːft )



  1. a current of air, esp one intruding into an enclosed space
    1. the act of pulling a load, as by a vehicle or animal
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ a draught horse
  2. the load or quantity drawn
  3. a portion of liquid to be drunk, esp a dose of medicine
  4. the act or an instance of drinking; a gulp or swallow
  5. the act or process of drawing air, smoke, etc, into the lungs
  6. the amount of air, smoke, etc, inhaled in one breath
    1. beer, wine, etc, stored in bulk, esp in a cask, as opposed to being bottled
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ draught beer
    3. See on draught

  7. Also called: draughtsman any one of the 12 flat thick discs used by each player in the game of draughts US and Canadian equivalent: checker
  8. the depth of a loaded vessel in the water, taken from the level of the waterline to the lowest point of the hull
  9. See feel the draught

Derived Forms

ˈdraughter, (US) ˈdrafter  noun

Word Origin

C14: probably from Old Norse drahtr, of Germanic origin; related to draw


View thesaurus entry
= breeze, current, wind, movement, flow, puff, influx, gust, current of air
= pulling, drawing, dragging, traction, haulage

Translations for 'draught'

  • British English: draught A draught is an unwelcome current of air coming into a room or vehicle.You need fresh air but obviously don't want to be in a draught.drɑːft NOUN
  • Arabic: تَيَّارٌ هَوَائِيّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: corrente de ar
  • Chinese: 穿堂风
  • Croatian: propuh
  • Czech: průvan
  • Danish: træk
  • Dutch: tochtbinnenkomende lucht
  • European Spanish: corriente de aire
  • Finnish: viima
  • French: courant d’air
  • German: Luftzug Luftzüge
  • Greek: ρεύμααέρας
  • Italian: corrente d'aria
  • Japanese: 隙間風
  • Korean: 외풍
  • Norwegian: trekk
  • Polish: przeciąg
  • Portuguese: corrente de ar
  • Romanian: curent curenți
  • Russian: сквозняк
  • Spanish: corriente
  • Swedish: dragluftdrag
  • Thai: กระแสลม
  • Turkish: cereyan
  • Ukrainian: протяг
  • Vietnamese: gió lùa

Example Sentences Including 'draught'

The swing doors again, an infuriating sound, the draught of air, the renewal of tension.
Townsend, Eileen In Love and War
There was a chill draught blowing in from a tiny gap at the bottom of the sash window.
Adam, Paul A Nasty Dose of Death
She lay awake until midnight when one of the night-duty nuns gave her a sleeping draught.
Forrest, Roberta When the Apricots Bloom


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