Also bezzant. the gold solidus of the Byzantine Empire, widely circulated in the Middle Ages. Also byzant. (in Romanesque architecture) any of a number of disklike ornaments, similar in form to the classical patera, used especially on the faces of archivolts.
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
Historical Examples of bezant
She made no reply, but took from a pocket a bezant, and contrived to throw its yellow gleam in the sentinel's eyes.
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.
A bezant was a gold coin, originally struck at Byzantium, whence the name.
British Dictionary definitions for bezant
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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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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