Dram (?), n. [OF. drame, F. drachme, L. drachma, drachm, drachma, fr. Gr. , prop., a handful, fr. to grasp. Cf. Drachm, Drachma.]


A weight; in Apothecaries' weight, one eighth part of an ounce, or sixty grains; in Avoirdupois weight, one sixteenth part of an ounce, or 27.34375 grains.


A minute quantity; a mite.

Were I the chooser, a dram of well-doing should be preferred before many times as mush the forcible hindrance of evildoing. Milton.


As much spirituous liquor as is usually drunk at once; as, a dram of brandy; hence, a potation or potion; as, a dram of poison.


4. Numis.

A Persian daric.

Ezra ii. 69.

Fluid dram, ∨ Fluid drachm. See under Fluid.


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Dram, v. i. & t.

To drink drams; to ply with drams.


Johnson. Thackeray.


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