Definition of bezant in English:

bezant

Syllabification: bez·ant
Pronunciation: /ˈbezənt
 
/

noun

1 historical A gold or silver coin originally minted at Byzantium.
More example sentences
  • But the success of the past two seasons mean that the standard emblazoned with four bezants or gold coins, to symbolise both wealth and wheels of a car is apt.
  • The Byzantine society functioned very successfully economically for a thousand years using the pure bezant gold coin.
  • Al-Kamil sent back a second time, adding 30,000 bezants cash to compensate for the two castles, but again the offer was rejected.
2 Heraldry A roundel or (i.e., a solid gold circle).
More example sentences
  • At the end the bezant has a designed belt in a shape of 2 interlaced birch branches with leaves and garden-stuff. The shield is decorated with a crown with 3 pinks.
  • The bezant or gold roundel is one of the three of St. Nicholas, to whom the first church in Norton was dedicated.
  • In the middle of this aisle, on a raised tomb, is a cross-legged mail, and a pointed helmet of the same, his head reclined on a double cushion to the right, his hands elevated; on his shield a bend between six crosses botone, charged with only one bezant.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French besant, from Latin Byzantius 'Byzantine'. sense 2 dates from the late 15th century.

More definitions of bezant

Definition of bezant in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day erroneous
Pronunciation: ɪˈrəʊnɪəs
adjective
wrong; incorrect