Definition of coign in English:
A projecting corner or angle of a wall.
- 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.
late Middle English: variant of coin.
coign of vantage
- 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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