se·​quin ˈsē-kwən How to pronounce sequin (audio)
: an old gold coin of Italy and Turkey
: a small plate of shining metal or plastic used for ornamentation especially on clothing

Examples of sequin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Customers will find a super-glam sequin dress that’s tight-fitting and perfect for your holiday parties but also a two-piece set that’s comprised of a loose-fitting top and wide-leg pants. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2023 Find it on Amazon This Sequin Skirt Must Be Paired With A Chic Pair Of Tights Shimmy into the new year with this Sequin Skirt that brings the pizzazz with shimmering sequins that are just begging for a spin on the dance floor. Mia Meltzer, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2023 Metallics had a moment too, such as Demi Moore’s silver sequin Carolina Herrera number. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 7 Nov. 2023 Because sometimes the simplicity of the most basic pieces worn well is even better than the most dazzling sequins. Arancha Gamo, Glamour, 30 Oct. 2023 Most of the ruby color comes from sequins, but the bows of the shoes contain red glass beads. Steve Karnowski, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2023 In addition to the oversized, curly wig and chest plate, the recurring RuPaul's Drag Race judge wore a silver sequin jumpsuit with matching sparkling boots adorned with fringe. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 30 Oct. 2023 On October 27, the 41-year-old actor attended the opening night of the Jio MAMI Mumbai International Film Festival wearing a positively stunning Tony Ward Couture halter gown with a sheer front panel featuring white satin strips and gold sequins. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 27 Oct. 2023 The women’s movement has afforded women more and richer paths for education and careers than via swimsuits and sequins. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


French, from Italian zecchino, from zecca mint, from Arabic (dār al-) sikka, literally, house of the minting die

First Known Use

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sequin was in 1617

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Cite this Entry

“Sequin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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se·​quin ˈsē-kwən How to pronounce sequin (audio)
: a small piece of shiny metal or plastic used as an ornament especially on clothes

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