[ 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.
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. 2020

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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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