half eagle



a gold coin of the U.S., discontinued in 1929, equal to five dollars.

Origin of half eagle

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for half eagle

Historical Examples of half eagle

  • The Griffin was half-lion and half-eagle, and apparently had no human characteristics.

    Human Animals

    Frank Hamel

  • Royal Bryant smiled as he drew forth the half-eagle which he had received from Mr. Knowles, and laid it in her palm.

    The Masked Bridal

    Mrs. Georgie Sheldon

  • Many were his words of grateful acknowledgment, and warmly shaking the boy's hand, he pushed into it a half-eagle.

British Dictionary definitions for half eagle

half eagle


a former US gold coin worth five dollars
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