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half dollar

a silver or cupronickel coin of the U.S., equal to 50 cents.
a silver or nickel coin of Canada, equal to 50 cents.
Origin of half dollar
First recorded in 1755-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for half-dollar
Historical Examples
  • Say, pard, how about giving me a half-dollar to get breakfast?

  • But Charlie never got that half-dollar, and I do not think such a chatterbox deserved it.

    Golden Moments Anonymous
  • They might have found a shilling or a half-dollar, but we didn't try them.

    A Jolly Fellowship Frank R. Stockton
  • He drew a half-dollar from his own pocket and flung it down on the table.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely
  • I took a half-dollar from my pocket and gave it to the oldest.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • And the room shouted with laughter, but not a half-dollar was bid.

    Godfrey Morgan Jules Verne
  • The worshiper must have a seal of Mecca which is made of clay and is about the size of a half-dollar.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • No more could you find the half-dollar I dropped just now, unless I helped you.

  • And a half-dollar is a lot of money about the middle of the month!

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Yes; and I wish that she would shake out the half-dollar she promised me.

    Punch and Judy Willliam J. Judd
British Dictionary definitions for half-dollar


(in the US) a 50-cent piece
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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