moiety

[ moi-i-tee ]
/ ˈmɔɪ ɪ ti /

noun, plural moi·e·ties.

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.

Nearby words

  1. mohur,
  2. mohwa,
  3. mohács,
  4. moi,
  5. moidore,
  6. moil,
  7. moira,
  8. moirai,
  9. moire,
  10. moiré

Origin of moiety

1400–50; late Middle English moite < Middle French < Latin medietāt- (stem of medietās) the middle, equivalent to medi(us) mid + -etāt-, variant, after vowels, of -itāt- -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for moiety

moiety

/ (ˈmɔɪɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties archaic

a half
one of two parts or divisions of something

Word Origin for moiety

C15: from Old French moitié, from Latin mediētās middle, from medius

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Word Origin and History for moiety

moiety

n.

"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.)).

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Medicine definitions for moiety

moiety

[ moiĭ-tē ]

n.

One of two or more parts into which something may be divided, such as the various parts of a vitamin or molecule.

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