se·quin | \ˈsē-kwən \

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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There were sweeping Victorian ruffles and bourgeois tweed lunching suits; granny glasses and piles of Elizabethan curls; ruffles and crosses and disco zebra stripes and sequins and floral sweatshirts. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Gucci Has a Rave in a Cemetery," 31 May 2018 The voodoo priest character: Dr. John Creaux, a mystical voodoo figure bedecked in snakeskins, sequins and feathers reminiscent of the plumes worn by of Mardi Gras Indians. Mike Scott,, "Just what the (voodoo) doctor ordered: Or, how Mac Rebennack become Dr. John," 5 May 2018 Laid out across two tables, 40 dresses in different varieties of sequins and lace waited to be sifted through by excited girls. Kendra Parks,, "UsTrendy Founder empowers young women with dream dresses," 30 Apr. 2018 The sequins added plenty of star wattage, and the sarong effect lent a breeziness that felt right at home on the West Coast. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Of Course Emily Ratajkowski Bared Her Midriff at the Premiere of I Feel Pretty," 18 Apr. 2018 With its patchwork of triangular sequins, strong shoulders, and daring length, Rousteing’s creation was the right choice to open the show. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Takes Balmain’s Resort Look for a Test Drive During Her Latest On the Run II Tour Performance," 14 June 2018 Brush your hand across the sequins, moving them in the other direction, and bam! Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "This Sparkly Nicolas Cage Pillow Will Haunt Your Dreams," 7 June 2018 These rule-breakers lived for hair decorations, particularly pearls, sequins, and cloche hats with feathers protruding on one side. Aubrey Almanza, Allure, "The Bizarre History of Fascinators and Why People Wear Them to Royal Weddings," 18 May 2018 The rip-roaring 15 minutes of Technicolor animal prints, sequins, beading, blinged-out hoop earrings and faux fur maximized everything. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "NYFW: Raf Simons, Tom Ford offer two takes on the ’80s," 9 Feb. 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 \

Kids Definition of sequin

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

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