half dime



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
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Examples from the Web for half dime

Historical Examples of half dime

  • "Oh, you're worse than a half-dime novel," cried Ned with a laugh.

  • He transferred two more dimes and a half-dime from the drawer to the table.

  • The Half-Dime Library is for sale by all newsdealers, five cents per copy, or sent by mail on receipt of six cents each.

  • No one on board ever caught him reading dime and half-dime novels again.

    Fighting in Cuban Waters

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • On July 14 he was switched to another line of half-dime fiction, and this work he kept throughout the remainder of the year.

    The Fiction Factory

    John Milton Edwards