from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small shiny ornamental disk, often sewn on cloth; a spangle.
  • n. A gold coin of the Venetian Republic. Also called zecchino.
  • transitive v. To affix sequins to (a garment, for example).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various small gold coins minted in Italy and Turkey.
  • n. A sparkling spangle used for the decoration of ornate clothing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 Italian cities, and by the Levant trade was introduced into Turkey. It is worth about 9s. 3d. sterling, or about $2.25. The different kinds vary somewhat in value.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gold coin of Venice (Italian zecchino or zecchino d'oro), first minted about 1280, and issued by the doges till the extinction of the Venetian republic. (See zecchino.)
  • n. A large basket of the Californian and southwestern Indians, used for storing seeds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. adornment consisting of a small piece of shiny material used to decorate clothing


French, from Old French, Venetian coin, from Italian zecchino, from zecca, mint, from Arabic sikka, coin die, from sakka, to close, coin; see skk in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French sequin, from Italian zecchino, from zecca ("mint"), from Arabic سكّة (sicca, "die for coining, coin"). Compare zecchin. (Wiktionary)



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  • For usage of the word in the sense of "coin," see johannes.

    March 4, 2008

  • Arabic from sakka, to close, coin

    January 22, 2008