se·​quin | \ ˈsē-kwən How to pronounce sequin (audio) \

Definition of sequin

1 : an old gold coin of Italy and Turkey
2 : a small plate of shining metal or plastic used for ornamentation especially on clothing

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Her most recent project, which features the marching band costume from the 2009 Fearless tour and a black sequin one-piece inspired by the Reputation tour, took a combined 36-plus hours to create. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Sartorial Swiftie Explains How She Recreates Taylor Swift's Outfits From Scratch," 7 June 2018 Anyone who's ever worn sequins knows how unforgiving the material can be — clearly, the light just managed to hit Berry in a way that highlighted her (enviable) curves. Redbook, "Halle Berry Is Not Pregnant, Thank You Very Much," 5 June 2017 Draw triangle nose on head; glue sequins on head for eyes and on each point of crown. Shelley Wolson, Woman's Day, "Fancy Faces: DIY Halloween Masks," 22 Sep. 2010 At this very moment, their stylists are busy pulling all of the fabulous feathers, frills, and sequins in honor of the evening’s fun and festive red carpet. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Confused About “Camp”? For Elle Fanning, the Met Gala Theme Is a Cinch," 5 Apr. 2019 Most of the ruby color comes from sequins but the bows of the shoes contain red glass beads. Steve Karnowski, The Seattle Times, "Sting operation recovered Dorothy’s stolen ruby slippers," 4 Sep. 2018 On the 2019 red carpet, Emma took a risk with a daring, sharp-shoulder Louis Vuitton outfit, featuring lots and lots of copper sequins. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Emma Stone's 2019 Oscars Dress Is Basically a Sequin-Covered Honey Comb," 25 Feb. 2019 Tonight, Kondo opted for a light pink dress, accented with sections of sequins. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Marie Kondo Is Sparking Joy on the Oscars Red Carpet," 24 Feb. 2019 For the multi-day affair, Chopra wore multiple wedding dresses, including a traditional Ralph Lauren gown covered in 2,380,000 mother of pearl sequins. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra's Custom Red Dior Wedding Gown Is Exquisite," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of sequin

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sequin

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

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English Language Learners Definition of sequin

: a small piece of shiny metal or plastic that is sewn onto clothes as a decoration


se·​quin | \ ˈsē-kwən How to pronounce sequin (audio) \

Kids Definition of sequin

: a bit of shiny metal or plastic used as an ornament usually on clothing

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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