noun (1)
de·​ni·​er | \ di-ˈnī(-ə)r How to pronounce denier (audio) , dē- \

Definition of denier

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one who denies deniers of the truth


noun (2)

Definition of denier (Entry 2 of 2)

1 \ də-​ˈnir How to pronounce denier (audio) , də-​ˈnyā How to pronounce denier (audio) \ : a small originally silver coin formerly used in western Europe
2 \ ˈde-​nyər How to pronounce denier (audio) \ : a unit of fineness for yarn equal to the fineness of a yarn weighing one gram for each 9000 meters 100-denier yarn is finer than 150-denier yarn

First Known Use of denier

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for denier

Noun (1)

Middle English, from denier "to deny" + -er -er entry 2

Noun (2)

Middle English denere, from Anglo-French dener, denier, from Latin denarius, coin worth ten asses, from denarius containing ten, from deni ten each, from decem ten — more at ten

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“Denier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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