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sequin

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noun
  1. a small shining disk or spangle used for ornamentation, as on women's clothing and accessories or on theatrical costumes.
  2. a former gold coin of Venice, introduced in 1284; ducat.
  3. a former gold coin of Malta, introduced c1535.
  4. a former gold coin of Turkey, introduced in 1478.
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Also zecchino, zechin (for defs 2–4).

Origin of sequin

1575–85; < French sequin < Italian zecchino, equivalent to zecc(a) mint (< Arabic sikkah die, coin) + -ino -ine2
Related formsse·quined, adjective
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Related Words for sequined

trim, sprinkle, star, light, decorate, stud, garnish, dot, adorn, glisten, twinkle, gleam, flash, ornament, sparkle, coruscate, glimmer, glitter, sequin

Examples from the Web for sequined

Contemporary Examples of sequined

Historical Examples of sequined

  • She thrilled to the look, and the desert spirit made her screen her face from it, with a sequined gauze scarf which she wore.

    The Golden Silence

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

  • Mariachis, in their sequined black suits and sprawling black hats, played and sang.

    The Haciendas of Mexico

    Paul Alexander Bartlett


British Dictionary definitions for sequined

sequin

noun
  1. a small piece of shiny often coloured metal foil or plastic, usually round, used to decorate garments, etc
  2. Also called: zecchino any of various gold coins that were formerly minted in Italy, Turkey, and Malta
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Derived Formssequined, adjective

Word Origin for sequin

C17: via French from Italian zecchino, from zecca mint, from Arabic sikkah die for striking coins
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Word Origin and History for sequined

sequin

n.

1610s, name of a former Italian and Turkish gold coin, from French sequin (17c.), from Italian zecchino, name of a Venetian coin, from zecca "a mint," from Arabic sikkah "a minting die." Meaning "ornamental disc or spangle" is first recorded 1882, from resemblance to a gold coin. Related: Sequined (1890).

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