bezant

[bez-uh nt, bih-zant]
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noun

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.

Also besant.

Origin of bezant

1150–1200; Middle English besant < Old French < Latin byzantius (nummus) Byzantine (coin)
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bezant

bezzant byzant

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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Word Origin and History for bezant
n.

gold coin, c.1200, from Old French besant (12c.), from Latin byzantius, short for Byzantius nummus "coin of Byzantium."

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