[ bez-uh nt, bih-zant ]
/ ˈbɛz ənt, bɪˈzænt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. beyoǧlu,
  2. beyrouth,
  3. bez antler,
  4. beza,
  5. bezaleel,
  6. bezel,
  7. bezique,
  8. bezoar,
  9. bezold's abscess,
  10. bezonian

Also besant.

Origin of bezant

1150–1200; Middle English besant < Old French < Latin byzantius (nummus) Byzantine (coin) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bezant


bezzant byzant

/ (ˈbɛzənt, bɪˈzænt) /


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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