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bezant

[ bez-uhnt, bih-zant ]
/ ˈbɛz ənt, bɪˈzænt /
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noun
Also bez·zant . the gold solidus of the Byzantine Empire, widely circulated in the Middle Ages.
Also byz·ant [biz-uhnt, bih-zant] /ˈbɪz ənt, bɪˈzænt/ . (in Romanesque architecture) any of a number of disklike ornaments, similar in form to the classical patera, used especially on the faces of archivolts.
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Origin of bezant

1150–1200; Middle English besant <Old French <Latin byzantius (nummus) “Byzantine (coin)”
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British Dictionary definitions for bezant

bezant

bezzant byzant

/ (ˈbɛzənt, bɪˈzænt) /

noun
a medieval Byzantine gold coin
architect an ornament in the form of a flat disc
heraldry a small gold circle

Word Origin for bezant

C13: from Old French besant, from Medieval Latin Bӯzantius Byzantine (coin)
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