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1. See solidus.
2. Architecture A flat disk used as an ornament.
[Middle English besant, from Old French, from Medieval Latin Bȳzantius, from Latin, of Byzantium.]
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bezant(ˈbɛzənt; bɪˈzænt) or
1. a medieval Byzantine gold coin
2. (Architecture) architect an ornament in the form of a flat disc
3. (Heraldry) heraldry a small gold circle
[C13: from Old French besant, from Medieval Latin Bӯzantius Byzantine (coin)]
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bez•ant(ˈbɛz ənt, bɪˈzænt)
1. the gold solidus of the Byzantine Empire.
2. a disklike architectural ornament.
[1150–1200; Middle English < Old French < Medieval Latin byzantius (nummus) Byzantine (coin)]
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