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  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


[zuh-kee-noh; Italian tsek-kee-naw]
noun, plural zec·chi·ni [zuh-kee-nee; Italian tsek-kee-nee] /zəˈki ni; Italian tsɛkˈki ni/.
  1. sequin(defs 2–4).
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Also zech·in [zek-in] /ˈzɛk ɪn/.

Origin of zecchino

1610–20; < Italian. See sequin
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Examples from the Web for zechin

Historical Examples of zechin

  • Page 329: "zechin" was printed as "zecchino" in the Italian edition.

    The Two First Centuries of Florentine History

    Pasquale Villari

  • There is still a tradition in the island that the Venetians paid a zechin for every olive-tree that was planted.


    Franz von Lher

  • Certainly the florin, or zechin, as it was called later, is worth about twelve Italian lire.

British Dictionary definitions for zechin


noun plural -ni (-nɪ)
  1. another word for sequin (def. 2)
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Word Origin for zecchino

C18: from Italian; see sequin


  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 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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