Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A half.
  • noun A part, portion, or share.
  • noun Anthropology Either of two kinship groups based on unilateral descent that together make up a tribe or society.
  • noun Chemistry A well-defined part of a larger molecule.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A half part or share; one of two equal parts: as, a moiety of an estate, of goods, or of profits.
  • noun A portion; a share.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of two equal parts; a half
  • noun An indefinite part; a small part.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Half.
  • noun A share or portion.
  • noun chemistry A specific segment of a molecule.
  • noun anthropology Each descent group in a culture which is divided exactly into two descent groups.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun one of two basic subdivisions of a tribe
  • noun one of two (approximately) equal parts

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English moite, from Old French meitiet, moitie, from Late Latin medietās, from Latin, middle, from medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the Old French meitié (French moitié), from Latin medietas “half”, from medius “middle, half”

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  • Cleanchested. He has washed the upper moiety.

    Joyce, Ulysses, 3

    December 30, 2006

  • 1. A half. 2. A part, portion, or share. 3. Anthropology Either of two kinship groups based on unilateral descent that together make up a tribe or society.

    ETYMOLOGY: Middle English moite, from Old French meitiet, moitie, from Late Latin mediets, from Latin, middle, from medius, middle. See medhyo- in Appendix I.

    May 25, 2007

  • Also an astrological term: "Moitié is a 15th century French word derived from the Latin medietas, meaning middle. The moiety is the central region of the planetary orb, upon entry of which two planets are said to be in 'application' of aspect, or as we say in modern astrology 'within orb'. "

    May 25, 2007

  • This sounds like it should mean "moistness".

    April 14, 2008

  • "Other khepri glanced at Lin. Her skirt was long and bright in the fashion of Salcus Fields: human fashion, not the traditional ballooning pantaloons of these ghetto-dwellers. Lin was marked. She was an outsider. Had left her sisters. Forgotten hive and moiety." From Perdido Street Station by China Meiville.

    September 18, 2011