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se·quin

 (sē′kwĭn)
n.
1. A small shiny ornamental disk, often sewn on cloth; a spangle.
2. A gold coin of the Venetian Republic. Also called zecchino.
tr.v. se·quined, se·quin·ing, se·quins
To affix sequins to (a garment, for example).

[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.]

sequin

(ˈsiːkwɪn)
n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a small piece of shiny often coloured metal foil or plastic, usually round, used to decorate garments, etc
2. (Currencies) Also called: zecchino any of various gold coins that were formerly minted in Italy, Turkey, and Malta
[C17: via French from Italian zecchino, from zecca mint, from Arabic sikkah die for striking coins]
ˈsequinned, ˈsequined adj

se•quin

(ˈsi kwɪn)

n.
1. a small shiny disk used for ornamentation, as on clothing.
2. a former gold coin of Turkey and Italy.
[1575–85; < French sequin < Italian zecchino, derivative of zecc(a) mint (< Arabic sikkah die, coin)]
se′quined, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sequin - adornment consisting of a small piece of shiny material used to decorate clothing
adornment - a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness

sequin

noun
A small sparkling decoration:
Translations
cequísequí

sequin

[ˈsiːkwɪn] Nlentejuela f

sequin

[ˈsiːkwɪn] nsequin m

sequin

nPaillette f

sequin

[ˈsiːkwɪn] npaillette f inv, lustrino
References in classic literature ?
Our father died, leaving us each a thousand sequins.
I examined my accounts, and found that I had doubled my capital--that is, that I now possessed two thousand sequins.
His companions were his sallow little Yankee secretary, whose name I really forget, but whom I met with Maguire at the Boxing Club, and a very grand person in a second skin of shimmering sequins.
The sallow secretary went first; the sequins glittered at his heels, and I must own that for one base moment I was on the brink of bolting through the street door.
And the invocation was uttered in such a tone as to indicate a rooted antipathy to anything so commonplace, even if she had not added that sequins gave her the sick.
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Georges, and Louises, doubloons and double guineas and moidores and sequins, the pictures of all the kings of Europe for the last hundred years, strange Oriental pieces stamped with what looked like wisps of string or bits of spider's web, round pieces and square pieces, and pieces bored through the middle, as if to wear them round your neck--nearly every variety of money in the world must, I think, have found a place in that collection; and for number, I am sure they were like autumn leaves, so that my back ached with stooping and my fingers with sorting them out.
Having been told by the Abyssins that we had carried all the gold out of Aethiopia, they searched us with great exactness, but found nothing except two chalices, and some relics of so little value that we redeemed them for six sequins.
exclaimed Signor Pastrini, -- "utterly impossible; there was only one left on the fifth floor of the Doria Palace, and that has been let to a Russian prince for twenty sequins a day.
Then,' said the traveller, `take these two Venetian sequins and give them to your bride, to make herself a pair of earrings.
She was pale; her tresses, formerly so gracefully braided and spangled with sequins, hung in disorder; her lips were blue, her hollow eyes were terrible.
The little Jew girl's got a new dress - black covered with sequins.
She paused, picking at some sequins on her knees, and then, as if she had made up her mind, she started off, "Anyhow, I'm going to ask your advice.