sequin


sequin

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.

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

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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