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sequin

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noun
  1. a small shining disk or spangle used for ornamentation, as on women's clothing and accessories or on theatrical costumes.
  2. a former gold coin of Venice, introduced in 1284; ducat.
  3. a former gold coin of Malta, introduced c1535.
  4. a former gold coin of Turkey, introduced in 1478.
Also zecchino, zechin (for defs 2–4).

Origin of sequin

1575–85; < French sequin < Italian zecchino, equivalent to zecc(a) mint (< Arabic sikkah die, coin) + -ino -ine2
Related formsse·quined, adjective
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  • She thrilled to the look, and the desert spirit made her screen her face from it, with a sequined gauze scarf which she wore.

    The Golden Silence

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

  • Mariachis, in their sequined black suits and sprawling black hats, played and sang.

    The Haciendas of Mexico

    Paul Alexander Bartlett


British Dictionary definitions for sequined

sequin

noun
  1. a small piece of shiny often coloured metal foil or plastic, usually round, used to decorate garments, etc
  2. Also called: zecchino any of various gold coins that were formerly minted in Italy, Turkey, and Malta
Derived Formssequined, adjective

Word Origin

C17: via French from Italian zecchino, from zecca mint, from Arabic sikkah die for striking coins
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Word Origin and History for sequined

sequin

n.

1610s, name of a former Italian and Turkish gold coin, from French sequin (17c.), from Italian zecchino, name of a Venetian coin, from zecca "a mint," from Arabic sikkah "a minting die." Meaning "ornamental disc or spangle" is first recorded 1882, from resemblance to a gold coin. Related: Sequined (1890).

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