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
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Examples from the Web for half-dollar

Historical Examples of half-dollar

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for half-dollar



(in the US) a 50-cent piece
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