WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bez•ant  (bezənt, bi zant),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. CurrencyAlso,  bezzant. the gold solidus of the Byzantine Empire, widely circulated in the Middle Ages.
  2. ArchitectureAlso,  byzant. (in Romanesque architecture) any of a number of disklike ornaments, similar in form to the classical patera, used esp. on the faces of archivolts.
Also,  besant. 
  • Latin byzantius (nummus) Byzantine (coin)
  • Old French
  • Middle English besant 1150–1200

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