Definitions

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

  • n. One that denies: a denier of harsh realities.
  • n. A unit of fineness for rayon, nylon, and silk fibers, based on a standard mass per length of 1 gram per 9,000 meters of yarn.
  • n. A small coin of varying composition and value current in western Europe from the eighth century until the French Revolution.
  • n. Archaic A small, trifling sum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An old French coin worth one-twelfth of a sou.
  • n. A unit of weight which indicates the fineness of fiber or yarn, equal to one gram per 9000 meters, used especially to measure or indicate the fineness of hosiery.
  • n. Person who denies something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who denies.
  • n. A small copper coin of insignificant value.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who denies or contradicts.
  • n. One who refuses or rejects.
  • n. One who disowns; one who refuses to own, avow, or acknowledge.
  • n. A silver coin (also called the norus denarius) introduced by the Carolingian dynasty into France, and soon issued, with varying types and legends, by other countries.
  • n. A unit of weight in the French system, in use before 1812, equal to 19⅔ troy grains.
  • n. A unit of weight for silk yarns, equal to about 8⅕ troy grains.
  • To obtain the fineness or size of (a silk thread) in deniers.

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

  • n. any of various former European coins of different denominations
  • n. one who denies
  • n. a unit of measurement for the fineness of silk or nylon or rayon

Etymologies

Middle English denere, a coin, from Old French dener, from Latin dēnārius; see denarius.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French denier, from Latin denarius. (Wiktionary)
to deny + -er. (Wiktionary)

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  • "A small coin of varying composition and value current in western Europe from the eighth century until the French Revolution."

    - The American Heritage Dictionary

    June 29, 2010