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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: DRAUGHT1

draft

1 noun
     
draft1 S2 W3 [countable]
1

piece of writing

TCNAL a piece of writing or a plan that is not yet in its finished form:
the rough draft of his new novel
I read the first draft and thought it was very good.
All parties eventually approved the final draft (=finished form) of the peace treaty.
2

military

the draft

American English
a) PMA a system in which people are ordered to join the army, navy etc, especially during a war [= conscription]
b) PMA the group of people who are ordered to do this
3

money

especially British EnglishBFB a written order for money to be paid by a bank, especially from one bank to another
4

sports

American EnglishDS a system in which professional teams choose players from colleges to join their teams
5

cold air/beer

x-ref the American spelling of draught

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