noun Etymology: French, from Italian zecchino, from zecca mint, from Arabic (dār al-) sikka, literally, house of the minting die Date: 1617 1. an old gold coin of Italy and Turkey 2. a small plate of shining metal or plastic used for ornamentation especially on clothing

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  • Sequin — vénitien de 1382 Le Sequin est une pièce d or dont la valeur s appréciait en livres, et qui avait cours dans le Levant et en Italie. Les premiers sequins ont été frappés à Venise à la fin du XIIIe siècle, sous le nom de ducato (ducat). L… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • sequin — [ səkɛ̃ ] n. m. • 1595; chequin 1540; essequin fin XIVe; vénitien zecchino, ar. sikki « pièce de monnaie » 1 ♦ Ancienne monnaie d or de Venise, qui avait cours en Italie et dans le Levant. 2 ♦ Petit disque de métal perforé cousu sur un tissu pour …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Sequin — Se quin, n. [F. sequin, It. zecchino, from zecca the mint, fr. Ar. sekkah, sikkah, a die, a stamp. Cf. {Zechin}.] An old gold coin of Italy and Turkey. It was first struck at Venice about the end of the 13th century, and afterward in the other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sequin — 1610s, name of a former Italian and Turkish gold coin, from Fr. sequin, from It. zecchino, from zecca a mint, from Ar. sikkah a minting die. Meaning ornamental disc or spangle is first recorded 1882, from resemblance to a gold coin …   Etymology dictionary

  • Sequin — Sequin, S. Fondukli, S. Mahbub, in der Türkei so v.w. Zecchine …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Sequin — (spr. ßökäng), franz. Name der Zecchine, jetzt die ägyptische Goldmünze von 100 Gurusch …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • sequin — SEQUIN. s. m. Sorte de monnoye d or valant sept francs, qui est batuë à Venise, & qui a grand cours dans le Levant. Ce payement a esté fait tout en sequins …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • sequin — ► NOUN ▪ a small, shiny disc sewn on to clothing for decoration. DERIVATIVES sequinned (also sequined) adjective. ORIGIN originally denoting a former Venetian gold coin: from Italian zecchino, from an Arabic word meaning a die for coining …   English terms dictionary

  • sequin — [sē′kwin] n. [Fr < It zecchino < zecca, a mint < Ar sikka, stamp, die] 1. an obsolete gold coin of Italy and Turkey 2. a small, shiny ornament or spangle, as a metal disk, esp. one of many sewn on fabric for decoration …   English World dictionary

  • Sequin — Sequins are disk shaped beads used for decorative purposes. They are available in a wide variety of colors and geometrical shapes. Sequins are commonly used on clothing, jewelry, bags and other accessories. Large sequins, fastened only at the top …   Wikipedia

  • SEQUIN — s. m. Monnaie d or qui a cours dans le Levant. En Turquie, le sequin vaut environ neuf francs. Ce payement a été fait tout en sequins. Sequin de Gênes, valant environ douze francs …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

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