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Bezant \Be*zant"\, n. [See Byzant.]

  1. 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. [Written also besant, byzant, etc.]

  2. (Her.) A circle in or, i. e., gold, representing the gold coin called bezant.

  3. A decoration of a flat surface, as of a band or belt, representing circular disks lapping one upon another.


n. (alternative form of bezant English)


Besant may refer to:

  • Besant (surname)
  • Besant, Saskatchewan
  • Besant Nagar, area of Chennai
Besant (surname)

Besant is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Annie Besant (1847–1933), Theosophist
  • Derek Michael Besant (born 1950), artist
  • Walter Besant (1836–1901), novelist and historian
  • W. H. Besant (1828–1917), mathematician

Usage examples of "besant".

Born in 1895 in Andhra Pradesh, India, Jiddu Krishnamurti had been found as a teenager by members of the Theosophical Society and adopted by a lady named Annie Besant.

Antoninus and Aurelius, Ferdinand and Isabella, the De Goncourt brothers, Besant and Rice, Gilbert and Sullivan, Swan and Edgar leap to the memory.

I will say it, who am said by Sir Walter Besant to be the only American who hates their nation.

Besants d'or and such heraldic moneys are not currency in a mercantile republic.