- 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.
Origin of sequin
Origin of zecchino
Examples from the Web for zechin
Page 329: "zechin" was printed as "zecchino" in the Italian edition.
There is still a tradition in the island that the Venetians paid a zechin for every olive-tree that was planted.Cyprus
Franz von Lher
Certainly the florin, or zechin, as it was called later, is worth about twelve Italian lire.
- another word for sequin (def. 2)
- 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
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).