moiety

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noun moi·e·ty \ˈmȯi-ə-tē\

Definition of moiety

plural

moieties

  1. 1a :  one of two equal parts :  halfb :  one of two approximately equal parts … war, pestilence, and famine had consumed … the moiety of the human species. — Edward Gibbon

  2. 2 :  one of the portions into which something is divided :  component, part an ether molecule with a benzene moiety

  3. 3 :  one of two basic complementary tribal subdivisions the pueblo's population is divided into two halves or moieties; the Squash, or Winter People, and the Turquoise, or Summer People — Tom Bahti

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Examples of moiety in a sentence

  1. the lot was split into two equal moieties

Did You Know?

Moiety is one of thousands of words that English speakers borrowed from French. The Anglo-French moitè (meaning "a half" or "part of something") comes from Late Latin medietat-, meaning "half." Around the same time that "moiety" was borrowed from Anglo-French, "medietat-" was also borrowed directly from Latin as mediety, a word which can also mean "a half." "Medietat-" comes from Latin medius (meaning "middle"), which has contributed to such English words as "medium," "meridian," and "milieu."

Origin and Etymology of moiety

Middle English moite, from Anglo-French meité, moité, from Late Latin medietat-, medietas, from Latin medius middle — more at mid


First Known Use: 15th century


Medical Dictionary

moiety

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noun moi·ety \ˈmȯi-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of moiety

plural

moieties

  1. :  one of the portions into which something is divided the hemoglobin molecule contains four heme moieties—Lionel Whitby


Law Dictionary

moiety

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noun moi·e·ty \ˈmȯi-ə-tē\

Legal Definition of moiety

plural

moieties

  1. :  half of something (as an estate) an interest exceeding a moiety — compare entirety 2



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