Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A coin made of gold or silver, minted at Byzantium and used in currency throughout mediaeval Europe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A gold coin, so called from being coined at Byzantium. See bezant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as bezant, 1.

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

  • n. a gold coin of the Byzantine Empire; widely circulated in Europe in the Middle Ages

Etymologies

From Old French besant, nominative bezanz, from Latin Byzantius ‘of Byzantium’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Away, seek them out instantly — and hark thee, if a byzant or two will sharpen their memory, let them not be wanting.”

    Ivanhoe

  • Durham; and the King offered the byzant, or wedge of gold, in a purse, for the benefit of the poor, and the royal family all made offerings.

    Christmas: Its Origin and Associations Together with Its Historical Events and Festive Celebrations During Nineteen Centuries

  • De byzant. rerum scriptoribus (1677), 418-60; Oudin, Comment. de script. eccles.,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • ` ` Away, seek them out instantly --- and hark thee, if a byzant or two will sharpen their memory, let them not be wanting. ''

    Ivanhoe

  • Norman; and, as they parted at the postern door, he thrust into Cedric's reluctant hand a gold byzant, adding, ` ` Remember, I will fly off both cowl and skin, if thou failest in thy purpose. ''

    Ivanhoe

  • This naive offer, made without the hope of recompense, though a byzant would not have paid for the special grace of this speech; and the modesty of the gesture with which the poor girl turned to him gained the heart of the jeweller, who would have liked to be able to put this bondswoman into the skin of a queen, and Paris at her feet.

    Droll Stories — Volume 3

  • "Something in hand the whilst," continued the Norman; and, as they parted at the postern door, he thrust into Cedric's reluctant hand a gold byzant, adding, "Remember, I will fly off both cowl and skin, if thou failest in thy purpose."

    Ivanhoe. A Romance

  • "Away, seek them out instantly -- - and hark thee, if a byzant or two will sharpen their memory, let them not be wanting."

    Ivanhoe. A Romance

  • "Away, seek them out instantly -- and hark thee, if a byzant or two will sharpen their memory, let them not be wanting."

    Ivanhoe

  • [v] byzant, adding, "Remember, I will flay off both cowl and skin if thou failest in thy purpose."

    The Literary World Seventh Reader

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