from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large basket of the Californian and southwestern Indians, used for storing seeds.
  • noun 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.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[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.]

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From French sequin, from Italian zecchino, from zecca ("mint"), from Arabic سكّة (sicca, "die for coining, coin"). Compare zecchin.


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  • Arabic from sakka, to close, coin

    January 22, 2008

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

    March 4, 2008