half dime

  1. a silver coin of the U.S., equal to five cents, issued 1794–1805 and 1829–73.

Origin of half dime

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95

Words Nearby half dime

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How to use half dime in a sentence

  • The little street-sweeper's arms ached fearfully, but his pocket was full of pennies, interspersed with an occasional half-dime.

    The Fatal Glove | Clara Augusta Jones Trask
  • Our Half-Dime packets of choice seed are planted by thousands in all parts of America.

  • At Coney, a dime will buy almost anything except what a half-dime will buy.

    From Place to Place | Irvin S. Cobb
  • It came to pass that a certain half-dime blood-and-thunder182 pamphlet had a great vogue in the tribe at this particular time.

    Whilomville Stories | Stephen Crane
  • He transferred two more dimes and a half-dime from the drawer to the table.

    Glengarry Schooldays | Ralph Connor