zechin

sequin

[see-kwin]
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.
Also, zecchino, zechin (for defs 2–4).


Origin:
1575–85; < French sequin < Italian zecchino, equivalent to zecc(a) mint (< Arabic sikkah die, coin) + -ino -ine2

sequined, adjective
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zecchino

[zuh-kee-noh; Italian tsek-kee-naw]
noun, plural zecchini [zuh-kee-nee; Italian tsek-kee-nee] .
sequin ( defs 2–4 ).
Also, zechin [zek-in] .


Origin:
1610–20; < Italian. See sequin

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sequin (ˈsiːkwɪn)
 
n
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
 
[C17: via French from Italian zecchino, from zecca mint, from Arabic sikkah die for striking coins]
 
'sequined
 
adj

zecchino (zɛˈkiːnəʊ)
 
n , pl -ni
another word for sequin
 
[C18: from Italian; see sequin]

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sequin
1617, 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.
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