bezant

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bezant a gold coin of the Byzantine Empire; widely circulated in Europe in the Middle Ages
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bezant (Her) A circle in or, i. e., gold, representing the gold coin called bezant.
    • Bezant A decoration of a flat surface, as of a band or belt, representing circular disks lapping one upon another.
    • Bezant 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bezant A gold coin (the proper name of which was solidus) issued by the emperors at Constantinople in the middle ages. Bezants had a wide circulation in Europe till the fall of the Eastern Empire, more especially during the period from about A. D. 800 to the middle of the thirteenth century, when European countries, except Spain, had no gold currencies of their own. Also called byzant, byzantine.
    • n bezant In heraldry, a small circle or; a gold roundel. It is a common bearing, and is supposed to have originated from the coins of Constantinople, assumed as bearings by crusaders.
    • n bezant Also spelled besant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bezant be-zant′ or bez′ant a gold coin, first struck at Byzantium or Constantinople:
    • n Bezant be-zant′ or bez′ant, a gold coin, first struck at Byzantium or Constantinople:
    • n Bezant be-zant′ or bez′ant (her.) a small circle or, like a gold coin.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Byzant

Usage

In literature:

I can finish off my Byzantine history, and coin it into bezants.
"Heartsease" by Charlotte M. Yonge
BEZANT, heraldic term: small gold circle.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
BEZANT, heraldic term: small gold circle.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
BEZANT, heraldic term: small gold circle.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
BEZANT, heraldic term: small gold circle.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
BEZANT, heraldic term: small gold circle.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
A demi-lion sable, charged with three bezants.
"Notes & Queries 1850.01.26" by Various
Gules, three bezants figured.
"The Manual of Heraldry; Fifth Edition" by Anonymous
The story-teller began to relate a story about a peasant who had a hundred bezants.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
There were moneys of various nations, even to the Spanish pistole and Turkish bezant.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Three casks of bezants and the city of Caesarea for the Templars if this siege be raised.
"Historic Boys" by Elbridge Streeter Brooks
Vert, on a fess or, between three bezants, three lions passant azure.
"Notes and Queries, Number 233, April 15, 1854" by Various
He bore for arms: Arg., on a chevron engrailed gules, three bezants.
"Notes and Queries, Number 238, May 20, 1854" by Various
Bezants were also issued in Flanders and Spain.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various
While he ate, Cornelius studied the sham apprentice with as much care and shrewdness as if he had been made of gold bezants.
"The Works of Honoré de Balzac" by Honoré de Balzac
And in this way he took from the goldsmith more than seven hundred golden bezants.
"Flemish Legends" by Charles de Coster
De Cornewall, and Cornwall of Oxfordshire, bore the =red lion= of Poictou, debruised by a bend =sable=, charged with three =bezants=.
"The Curiosities of Heraldry" by Mark Antony Lower
As sure as that I have six silver bezants Upon a field of azure.
"The Dramas of Victor Hugo" by Victor Hugo
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