sequin

[ see-kwin ]
/ ˈsi kwɪn /

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM sequin

se·quined, adjective

Definition for zechin (2 of 2)

zecchino
[ zuh-kee-noh; Italian tsek-kee-naw ]
/ zəˈki noʊ; Italian tsɛkˈki nɔ /

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
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British Dictionary definitions for zechin (1 of 2)

zecchino
/ (zɛˈkiːnəʊ) /

noun plural -ni (-nɪ)

another word for sequin (def. 2)

Word Origin for zecchino

C18: from Italian; see sequin

British Dictionary definitions for zechin (2 of 2)

sequin
/ (ˈsiːkwɪn) /

noun

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 forms of sequin

sequined, 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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