Definition of draught noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//drɑːft//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dræft//
    (British English) (North American English draft) Board games, Medication
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  1. 1[countable] a flow of cool air in a room or other confined space There's a draught in here. A cold draught of air blew in from the open window. I was sitting in a draught. She shivered in the icy draught.
  2. 2[countable] (formal) one continuous action of swallowing liquid; the amount swallowed He took a deep draught of his beer.
  3. 3[countable] (old use or literary) medicine in a liquid form a sleeping draught (= one that makes you sleep) See related entries: Medication
  4. 4 draughts (British English) (North American English checkers) [uncountable] a game for two players using 24 round pieces on a board marked with black and white squares See related entries: Board games
  5. 5[countable] (British English) (North American English checker) one of the round pieces used in a game of draughts
  6. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘drawing, pulling’; also ‘something drawn, a load’): from Old Norse dráttr, of Germanic origin; related to German Tracht, also to draw. Compare with draft.Extra examples Fit draught excluders to the bottoms of doors. a draught coming under the door the draught from the window I was sitting in a draught. There’s a draught in here.Idioms (British English) (of beer) taken from a large container (= a barrel) This beer is not available on draught (= it is available only in bottles or cans).