bezant

noun
be·zant | \ ˈbe-zᵊnt , bə-ˈzant \

Definition of bezant 

2 : a flat disk used in architectural ornament

First Known Use of bezant

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bezant

Middle English besant, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin Byzantius Byzantine, from Byzantium, ancient name of Istanbul

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