What does the word moiety mean?

Usage examples for moiety

  1. If, however, it will serve to contribute a moiety to the prosperity of my native city; if it will serve to add one industrious and enterprising man to the number of her citizens, I shall be satisfied that this labor has not been in vain, nor this exertion spent for naught. – The History of Louisville, from the Earliest Settlement till the Year 1852 by Ben Casseday
  2. It is the universal custom of the pirates, on this coast, to sell the people for slaves immediately on their arrival, the rajah taking for himself a few of the most useful, and receiving a percentage upon the purchase money of the remainder, with a moiety of the vessel and every article on board. – The Pirates Own Book by Charles Ellms
  3. A moiety of her is offered for sale. – Toronto of Old by Henry Scadding