half crown

  1. a former silver or cupronickel coin of Great Britain equal to two shillings and sixpence: use phased out after decimalization in 1971.

Origin of half crown

First recorded in 1535–45
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for half-crown

Historical Examples of half-crown

  • Storm pushed a half-crown in front of him, and the next man did the same.

  • In the vestibule he slipped a half-crown into the attendant's hand.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • Thady, but you never think of your priest; think of the half-crown it would be to me.

  • "I'm fly, governor," said that worthy, pocketing the half-crown.

  • For all answer I dropped a half-crown into his soft broad palm.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for half-crown


  1. a British silver or cupronickel coin worth two shillings and sixpence (now equivalent to 12 1/2 p), taken out of circulation in 1970Also called: half-a-crown
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012