Definitions

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  • n. Any of various gold coins produced in Italy or Turkey; a sequin.

Etymologies

From Italian zecchino, from zecca ‘mint’, from Arabic سكّة (sikka) ‘die for coining, coin’. Compare sequin. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The full purse was drained to its last 'zecchin' only too soon, and Heinz, laughing, turned it inside out before the eyes of his comrades.

    In the Fire of the Forge — Volume 01

  • “They would swear the mother that bore them a sorceress for a zecchin,” said the Preceptor.

    Ivanhoe

  • Here the Jew paused again, and looked at the last zecchin, intending, doubtless, to bestow it upon Gurth.

    Ivanhoe

  • It seemed as if his avarice were struggling with his better nature, and compelling him to pouch zecchin after zecchin while his generosity urged him to restore some part at least to his benefactor, or as a donation to his agent.

    Ivanhoe

  • The profits which they derive from this profession, which resemble those accruing to Roman Catholic priests for the reading of masses, are very considerable: I have heard that some of the principal Ferráshyn have from four to five hundred correspondents dispersed over Turkey, from each of whom they receive yearly stipends, the smallest of which is one Venetian zecchin.

    Travels in Arabia

  • [72-12] A zecchin, or sequin, is worth about $2.25.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6

  • The merchant dangled his gold chain, the clerk made clownish gestures, the merchant put a golden zecchin into the tiny fingers for a toy.

    Masters of the Guild

  • ` ` Alas! my lord, '' said Isaac, ` ` your law permits you not to know how the child of our bosom is entwined with the strings of our heart --- O Rebecca! laughter of my beloved Rachel! were each leaf on that tree a zecchin, and each zecchin mine own, all that mass of wealth would I give to know whether thou art alive, and escaped the hands of the Nazarene! ''

    Ivanhoe

  • Here the Jew paused again, and looked at the last zecchin, intending, doubtless, to bestow it upon

    Ivanhoe

  • Had it rung too flat, or had it felt a hair's breadth too light, generosity had carried the day; but, unhappily for Gurth, the chime was full and true, the zecchin plump, newly coined, and a grain above weight.

    Ivanhoe

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