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[see-kwin] /ˈsi kwɪn/
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).
1575-85; < French sequin < Italian zecchino, equivalent to zecc(a) mint (< Arabic sikkah die, coin) + -ino -ine2
Related forms
sequined, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sequins


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
sequined, adjective
Word Origin
C17: via French from Italian zecchino, from zecca mint, from Arabic sikkah die for striking coins
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Word Origin and History for sequins



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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