Definition of Bezant

1. Noun. A gold coin of the Byzantine Empire; widely circulated in Europe in the Middle Ages.

Exact synonyms: Bezzant, Byzant, Solidus
Generic synonyms: Coin



Definition of Bezant

1. n. 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.

Definition of Bezant

1. Noun. (history) A coin made of gold or silver, minted at Byzantium and used in currency throughout mediaeval Europe. ¹

2. Noun. (heraldry) The heraldic representation of a gold coin. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bezant

1. a coin of ancient Rome [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bezant

beyond belief
beyond control
beyond doubt(p)
beyond measure
beyond one's ken
beyond one's pay grade
beyond question
beyond the black stump
beyond the pale
beyond the sea
beyondness
beyonds
beys
bez
bezafibrate
bezant (current term)
bezantler
bezantlers
bezants
bezanty
bezaunt
bezazz
bezazzes
bezel
bezels
bezes
bezier
bezil
bezils
bezique

Literary usage of Bezant

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1. English Heraldry by Charles Boutell (1867)
"bezant. No. 152. ... are of comparatively recent origin, the early Heralds having used the terms "bezant" " Plate? and ..."

2. Historical Essays in Connexion with the Land, the Church, &c. by Eben William Robertson (1872)
"Yet as late as 12 Ed. I., the value of a " talent of rent" — or a bezant— was reckoned at 21 pence, or in the old proportion of 8 to 1. ..."

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