If you're chilly, you might close a window that's letting in a draught. Draught is the British spelling of the word draft.

  • Pronunciation: / drɑft/
  • English description: a current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)
  • Synonyms: draft
  • Chinese Translation: 气流(qi4 liu2)
  • Spanish Translation: la corriente de aire
  • ORIGIN: The noun draught is pronounced exactly like draft, and it also shares most of the same meanings. A cold burst of wind, a swig or a serving of a drink, the act of pulling a heavy load, and the depth of a ship below the surface of the water: each of these can be called a draught. It's easy to confuse the British draught with drought, which means "a shortage of rainfall" and rhymes with "out."


  • Almost 50 sets of draught horses set off together to reach the target.
  • Former pilots say such a move could lead to reduced stability and possibly a fatal stall, as cross winds and down draughts batter the plane.

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