- 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.
- 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
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).