AskDefine | Define moiety

Dictionary Definition



1 one of two (approximately) equal parts [syn: mediety]
2 one of two basic subdivisions of a tribe

User Contributed Dictionary



From the meitiet (French moitié), from medietas “half”, from medius “middle, half”


  1. Half.
    • 1832, The Christmas Box, edited by T. Crofton Croker:
      From New Holland the emu,
      With his better moiety,
      Has paid a visit to the Zo-
      Ological Society.
  2. A share or portion.
  3. A specific segment of a molecule.
    Aniline has both a phenyl and an amino moiety.
  4. Each descent group in a culture which is divided exactly into two descent groups.
    • William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra:
      The death of Antony
      Is not a single doom; in the name lay
      A moiety of the world.

Extensive Definition

Moiety (plural moieties) may mean:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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