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Wednesday, October 02, 2002

Definitions for moiety

  1. a half.
  2. an indefinite portion, part, or share.
  3. Anthropology. one of two units into which a tribe or community is divided on the basis of unilineal descent.

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Citations for moiety
Tom divided the cake and Becky ate with good appetite, while Tom nibbled at his moiety. Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876
Poor Federigo, although his necessity was extreme and his grief great, remembering his former inordinate expenses, a moiety whereof would now have stood him in some stead, yet he had a heart as free and forward as ever, not a jot dejected in his mind, though utterly overthrown by fortune. Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), "The Falcon," Little Masterpieces of Fiction, 1905
Origin of moiety
late Middle English
Moiety comes from Old French meitiet, from Late Latin medietas, from Latin medius, "middle."