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coign

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Pronunciation: /kɔɪn
 
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Definition of coign in English:

noun

A projecting corner or angle of a wall.
Example sentences
  • And presently we came upon the ruin of yet another gate that marked the entrance to what had once been a great and terrible city, and upon the coign of that tall archway was inscribed the name Kolibos.
  • He chased a number of them into the sanctity of their own yards, but from these coigns they continued to ridicule him.
  • The forms are varied, and pseudocubic crystals with complexly formed coigns have been found here; twinning has been observed.

Origin

late Middle English: variant of coin.

Phrases

coign of vantage

1
A favourable position for observation or action.
[from Shakespeare's Macbeth ( i. iv. 7), popularized by Sir Walter Scott ]
Example sentences
  • The political-philosophical understanding of ideology is one such coign of vantage.
  • These we used as coigns of vantage and rest, but the last stage almost compelled a retreat.
  • Scampering and skittering up stony slopes we bag our coigns of vantage on the hills and sit in this thin heady oxygen.

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