Definitions for: Bezant


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



Webster (1913) Definition: Be*zant", n. [See Byzant.]
1. 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. [Written also besant, byzant,
etc.]

2. (Her.) A circle in or, i. e., gold, representing the gold
coin called bezant. --Burke.

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

Synonyms: bezzant, byzant, solidus

See Also: coin

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