WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bez•ant (bez′ənt, bi zant′),USA pronunciation n.
- CurrencyAlso, bezzant. the gold solidus of the Byzantine Empire, widely circulated in the Middle Ages.
- 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.
- Latin byzantius (nummus) Byzantine (coin)
- Old French
- Middle English besant 1150–1200
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