half-dollar

noun

half-dol·​lar ˈhaf-ˈdä-lər How to pronounce half-dollar (audio)
ˈhäf-
1
: a coin representing one half of a dollar
2
: the sum of 50 cents

Examples of half-dollar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The wearable reader is a magnetic-signal transmitter-receiver about the size of a stack of three or four American Kennedy half-dollars or E.U. 10 Euro collector coins. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Mar. 2024 Commemorative Tubman coins – $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins, and half-dollar coins – were available for preorder starting Thursday and would begin shipping in February, USM announced. Minnah Arshad, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2024 Since then, commemoratives also have been minted, with the Kennedy half-dollar ranking as a most popular item. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 10 Aug. 2023 Bob finished his coffee and left a half-dollar tip. Tom Hanks, Harper's Magazine, 5 Jan. 2023 Liu tells me that spotting nano-defects on a chip is like spotting a half-dollar on the moon from your backyard. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, 21 Mar. 2023 Fox Weather reported that half-dollar-sized hail was spotted in Parker County, west of Fort Worth. Michael Murney, Chron, 17 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of half-dollar was in 1583

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“Half-dollar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-dollar. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

half-dollar

noun
half-dol·​lar
-ˈdäl-ər
1
: a coin representing one half of a dollar
2
: the sum of fifty cents
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