half eagle

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. half cock,
  2. half crown,
  3. half deck,
  4. half dime,
  5. half dollar,
  6. half frame,
  7. half gainer,
  8. half hitch,
  9. half holiday,
  10. half hose

Origin of half eagle

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90

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Examples from the Web for half eagle

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

    Human Animals|Frank Hamel
  • 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

noun

a former US gold coin worth five dollars
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