Moiety

Moiety

ˈmoiədē

Noun

  • Each of two parts into which a thing is or can be divided.
  • A part or portion, especially a lesser share.

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Example Sentences

“Instead of the full bone, I gave a moiety of the treat to each of my dogs.”

“Each member of the team delivered a moiety of the final presentation.”

“I was disappointed to receive a moiety of the dessert, but I was last in line at the buffet.”

Word Origin

French, 15th century

Why this word?

“Moiety” entered Middle English from Old French, but its roots are in Latin — specifically the word “medius,” which means “middle.” However, the word “moiety” doesn’t always mean the parts meet perfectly in the middle of the whole. Often, “moiety” refers to the lesser share of divided portions.

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