Definitions for bezantˈbɛz ənt, bɪˈzænt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bez•antˈbɛz ənt, bɪˈzænt(n.)

  1. the gold solidus of the Byzantine Empire.

    Category: Numismatics

  2. a disklike architectural ornament.

    Category: Architecture

Origin of bezant:

1150–1200; ME < OF < ML byzantius (nummus) Byzantine (coin)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bezant, bezzant, byzant, solidus(noun)

    a gold coin of the Byzantine Empire; widely circulated in Europe in the Middle Ages


  1. bezant(Noun)

    A coin made of gold or silver, minted at Byzantium and used in currency throughout mediaeval Europe.

  2. bezant(Noun)

    The heraldic representation of a gold coin.

  3. Origin: From bezant, nominative bezanz, from Latin byzantius.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bezant(noun)

    a gold coin of Byzantium or Constantinople, varying in weight and value, usually (those current in England) between a sovereign and a half sovereign. There were also white or silver bezants

  2. Bezant(noun)

    a circle in or, i. e., gold, representing the gold coin called bezant

  3. Bezant(noun)

    a decoration of a flat surface, as of a band or belt, representing circular disks lapping one upon another


  1. Bezant

    Bezant is a medieval term for a gold coin from the Byzantine Empire. The term is derived from the Greek name Βυζάντιον, the relatively minor city which in the 4th century was refounded as Constantinople by the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great and became the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. The Byzantine Empire was a major source of gold coins since the time of Constantine.

Anagrams of bezant

  1. batzen


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