• WordNet 3.6
    • n coigne the keystone of an arch
    • n coigne expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Coigne koin A quoin. "See you yound coigne of the Capitol? yon corner stone?"
    • n Coigne The practice of quartering one's self as landlord on a tenant; a quartering of one's self on anybody.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coigne In Ireland, formerly, the custom of landlords quartering themselves upon their tenants at pleasure. The term appears to have been applied also to the forcible billeting of others, as of soldiers.
    • coigne To quarter one's self on another by force; live by extortion.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Coin (n.)


In literature:

The rest of the population were in coigns, gazing.
"1492" by Mary Johnston
He had still a pocketful of cartridges, and there in a coign of the old battlements he would prove an ugly customer to the pursuit.
"Huntingtower" by John Buchan
They take me for a dun, peer out from a coign of vantage.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
There was not much to see, after all, as the Reverend Billy remarked when they had reached a coign of vantage below the curve.
"A Fool For Love" by Francis Lynde
Once in that coign of refuge, he hammered on the door with the energy of a frightened man.
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
Platforms as much as forty feet high supplied coigns of vantage for the look-out.
"The Long White Cloud" by William Pember Reeves
The sweet she-creatures chase From all old coigns of vantage harried man.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101, July 25, 1891" by Various
But the safest coign of vantage from which to look at it is that formed by the facts.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Discontent with the original basis of the Union, which had given the South its political coign of vantage, broke out first in New England.
"William Lloyd Garrison" by Archibald H. Grimke
The view from our coigne of vantage was unspeakably grand.
"Mr. Fortescue" by William Westall
Every one hunted some coign of vantage, and many climbed to adjacent roofs.
"Mob Rule in New Orleans" by Ida B. Wells-Barnett
By bad luck d'Amade was away, up in the front trenches, and I could not well deliver myself to des Coigns.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
Meanwhile the cavalry replaced their guns behind the women's waggons and fired on us from that coign of vantage.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen
The stones forming the right edge of the hole are coigns, and have mason-marks on their sides.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon" by Cecil Walter Charles Hallett
It seemed to be a coign plucked out of an old French chateau, and inset here like a rare plant in an old stone wall.
"Border Ghost Stories" by Howard Pease
While tongues of fire on coign and carving play!
"Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold" by Matthew Arnold
What a view there is from coigne of vantage!
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 2" by Various
From his coign of shadow Forbes watched them.
"What Will People Say?" by Rupert Hughes
While tongues of fire on coign and carving play!
"England" by Frank Fox
The moths were fluttering to their trysts, and from some dark little coign the cricket strummed me a solo.
"Memoirs of a Midget" by Walter de la Mare

In poetry:

Where at each coign of every antique street,
A memory hath taken root in stone:
There, Raleigh shone; there, toil'd Franciscan feet;
There, Johnson flinch'd not, but endured alone.
"Oxford" by Lionel Pigot Johnson
They trembled from coign to coign, and tower to tower,
Along high terraces quicker than dream they flew.
And some of them steadily glowed, and some soon vanished,
And some strange shadows threw.
"The House Of Dust: Part 01: 04:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

Members of the all girls band, 'Short Lived Affair', (l) Kaitlyn Young, 17, Kristen Valenti, 17, Taylor Coigne, 17, Rachel Vistacion, 16, and Monica Kelly, 17.