contorniate

adjective
con·​tor·​ni·​ate | \ kənˈtȯ(r)nēə̇t, -ēˌāt \

Definition of contorniate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: encircled by a groove just inside the edge a contorniate medal

contorniate

noun
\ " \
variants: or less commonly contorniato \ ⸗ˌ⸗nēˈätō \
plural contorniates\ -​ts \ also contorniati\ -​ätē \

Definition of contorniate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a thin bronze contorniate medallion of the Roman Empire first used about the time of Constantine the Great supposedly in connection with a game like chess

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History and Etymology for contorniate

Adjective

Italian contorniato, from past participle of contorniare to make a circuit or outline, from com- + torniare to surround, measure in circuit, from tornio, torno turning lathe, circuit, from Latin tornus lathe

Noun

contorniate from French, from Italian contorniato; contorniato from Italian, from contorniato, adjective

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“Contorniate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contorniate. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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