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

Examples of sequin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jennifer Lopez Leave it to Jennifer Lopez to make riding a bike look stylish — the multi-hyphenate star was spotted in action wearing a white sequin face covering from Katie May, dubbed the Disco Ball mask. Alex Warner,, "Where to Shop the Stylish Face Masks Celebrities Keep Wearing — Including Jennifer Lopez’s Sparkly Number," 31 July 2020 Get yourself a glitzy sequin gown or just reuse your prom dress from last year. Editors, Seventeen, "44 Easy Disney Halloween Costumes That Will Make You Cry Tears of Nostalgia," 29 July 2020 Pair a lavender sequin top with a rainbow maxi skirt, and use temporary hair color or a pastel wig to get the full unicorn effect. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "15 DIY Unicorn Costumes You Can Make At Home for the Most Magical Halloween Ever," 27 July 2020 Pick from four different colors, then make a sequin statement. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "From stylish to silly: Face masks for every personality," 25 June 2020 This nail sequin kit has stars for the holiday, and other shapes for the rest of the year. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "Nail art ideas for a gorgeous Fourth of July manicure," 22 June 2020 The suit was embellished with 12,000 pieces of silver sequins and surrounded with 15,000 Swarovski crystals all hand sewn onto a skin-tone tulle. Rachel Marlowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "Super Bowl: Jennifer Lopez Stuns in Versace With Political Flag Statement, 27K Crystals and Sequins," 3 Feb. 2020 The venue was all pink, of course; from the festive sequins and fluffy feathered pillows to the balloon arches that could be found at almost every corner. Teen Vogue, "Teen Vogue Had The Perfect Sweet 16 And Everything Was Pink," 21 June 2019 But when Tiger King was first being filmed, in 2014, it wasn’t supposed to be about tigers, murder, and leopard-print sequins. Gina Vaynshteyn,, "Back When Tiger King Started Filming, It Was A Different Documentary Entirely," 27 Mar. 2020

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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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8 Aug 2020

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“Sequin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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