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byzant

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.
    --Burke.

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

Wiktionary
byzant

n. (context historical English) A coin made of gold or silver, minted at Byzantium and used in currency throughout mediaeval Europe.

WordNet
byzant

n. a gold coin of the Byzantine Empire; widely circulated in Europe in the Middle Ages [syn: bezant, bezzant, solidus]

Usage examples of "byzant".

High pitched and fiendish, they penetrated the shells of Madri and of Byzant, of Ning and Tok and Nyork, and curdled the brains of the Aristos and Doctils and Plebos that dwelt there.

But one wants more than that, and--and-- what I learned in Byzant squared with what I saw with the Fifteenth.

If it be less than a thousand byzants, let him have jewels to make it up.

King of England shall have repaid the fifty thousand byzants which he is indebted to the republic.

If it be less than a thousand byzants, let him have jewels to make it up.

King of England shall have repaid the fifty thousand byzants which he is indebted to the republic.

Go, speed thine office quickly, sirrah, for in that consists thy mercy--ten byzants if thou dealest on him at one blow.

His legerdemain can transform zechins and byzants into doits and maravedis.

Instead of a rigorous exaction of his debt, he accepted a sum of thirty thousand byzants, for the ransom of seven thousand poor.

While his bravest allies were content with three byzants or pieces of gold, for their monthly pay, an ounce, or even two ounces, of gold were assigned to the Catalans, whose annual pension would thus amount to near a hundred pounds sterling: one of their chiefs had modestly rated at three hundred thousand crowns the value of his future merits.

  Even in the prosperous times of John Ducas Vataces, the byzants were composed in equal proportions of the pure and the baser metal.

  The younger Andronicus complained, that in four years and four months a sum of 350,000 byzants of gold was due to him for the expenses of his household, (Cantacuzen l.

Even in the prosperous times of John Ducas Vataces, the byzants were composed in equal proportions of the pure and the baser metal.

The younger Andronicus complained, that in four years and four months a sum of 350,000 byzants of gold was due to him for the expenses of his household, (Cantacuzen l.

At the same time, they heard Richard speak to some one within: --"Go, speed thine office quickly, sirrah, for in that consists thy mercy--ten byzants if thou dealest on him at one blow.