- a half.
- an indefinite portion, part, or share.
- Anthropology. one of two units into which a tribe or community is divided on the basis of unilineal descent.
Origin of moiety
Examples from the Web for moiety
How is it only a moiety of these bodies that is represented?Leading Articles on Various Subjects
He who gave her the money of which she e'en presented me a moiety.Under the Rose
Frederic Stewart Isham
Out of abundance he had given a moiety and because of it she had put her life into a yoke.The Tyranny of Weakness
Charles Neville Buck
There was more than a moiety of sadness, constantly increasing its measure.The Wild Huntress
It allowed Ralegh a moiety of the penalties accruing to the Crown.Sir Walter Ralegh
- a half
- one of two parts or divisions of something
Word Origin and History for moiety
"an equal half," mid-15c., from Old French moite, earlier meitiet (12c., Modern French moitié) "half; middle; portion, piece," from Latin meditatem (nominative medietas) "half," originally "middle point," from medius "middle" (see medial (adj.)).
- One of two or more parts into which something may be divided, such as the various parts of a vitamin or molecule.