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noun, verb (used with object)
  1. quoin.
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Examples from the Web for coign

Historical Examples

  • Warde, from some coign of vantage, had seen a boy leave his house.

    The Hill

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • There was a rush for the coign of vantage, and a great levelling of glasses.

  • Here he paused, and from his coign of vantage looked and listened.

  • He likes to dwell with them and to inspect them from every coign of vantage.

  • The prodigy had edged away from his seat to a coign of vantage.

British Dictionary definitions for coign



  1. variant spellings of quoin
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Word Origin and History for coign


archaic spelling of quoin (q.v.), surviving only in Shakespeare's coign of vantage ("Macbeth" I.vi.), popularized by Sir Walter Scott, properly "a projecting corner" (for observation).

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