a small shining disk or spangle used for ornamentation, as on women's clothing and accessories or on theatrical costumes.
a former gold coin of Venice, introduced in 1284; ducat.
a former gold coin of Malta, introduced c1535.
a former gold coin of Turkey, introduced in 1478.

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


[zuh-kee-noh; Italian tsek-kee-naw]

noun, plural zec·chi·ni [zuh-kee-nee; Italian tsek-kee-nee] /zəˈki ni; Italian tsɛkˈki ni/.

Also zech·in [zek-in] /ˈzɛk ɪn/.

Origin of zecchino

1610–20; < Italian. See sequin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -ni (-nɪ)

another word for sequin (def. 2)

Word Origin for zecchino

C18: from Italian; see sequin



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



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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