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Topic: DRINK

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old English
Origin: dragan 'to pull'; DRAW1

draught

1 noun
     
draught1 [countable] British English
1

air

cold air that moves through a room and that you can feel [= draft American English]
Can you close the window? I'm in a draught.
2

beer

on draught

DFD beer that is on draught is served from a large container rather than a bottle [= on draft American English]
3

game

a)

draughts

[uncountable] a game played by two people, each with 12 round pieces, on a board of 64 squares [= checkers American English]
b) one of the round pieces used in the game of draughts [= checker American English]
4

medicine

MD old use a medicine that you drink:
a sleeping draught
5

ship

TTW technical the depth of water needed by a ship so that it will not touch the bottom of the sea, a river etc [= draft American English]
6

swallow

DFD written the act of swallowing liquid, or the amount of liquid swallowed at one time [= draft American English]
Mick took a long draught of lager.
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