from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stanza of twelve lines.
  • n. A French plated or billon coin, the twelfth of the franc d'argent under the Valois kings and the twelfth of the silver écu d'argent under Louis XIII. and his successors.


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  • For instance, Yeats in 1892 rendered a version of Ronsard's 'Quand vous serez bien vielle' - a sonnet in Petrarchan form - into what's called a douzain, or 12 lined lyric.

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  • The coins most commonly found at archaeological sites in Quebec have been the copper double tournois, the copper douzain, the billon douzain, the copper liard, and the silver quatre sols.

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  • “Now here’s a fellow, ” continued Coppenole, “I have a mind to dine with, even if it cost me a new douzain of twelve livres tournois.

    V. Quasimodo. Book I


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