[bez-uh nt, bih-zant]
Origin of bezant
1150–1200; Middle English besant < Old French < Latin byzantius (nummus) Byzantine (coin)
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Examples from the Web for bezant
She made no reply, but took from a pocket a bezant, and contrived to throw its yellow gleam in the sentinel's eyes.The Prince of India, Volume II
There were moneys of various nations, even to the Spanish pistole and Turkish bezant.
At Samara we find Mr. Bezant, one of our consignees, just recovering from the typhus which was contracted in his relief work.The Red Cross in Peace and War
A bezant was a gold coin, originally struck at Byzantium, whence the name.
- a medieval Byzantine gold coin
- architect an ornament in the form of a flat disc
- heraldry a small gold circle
C13: from Old French besant, from Medieval Latin Bӯzantius Byzantine (coin)
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Word Origin and History for bezant
gold coin, c.1200, from Old French besant (12c.), from Latin byzantius, short for Byzantius nummus "coin of Byzantium."
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