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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But if traditional sequins and velvets are beginning to sound tired, allow Michelle Obama to introduce you to a new holiday dressing idea. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Michelle Obama Steps Out in a Holiday Party–Worthy Tuxedo," 19 Nov. 2018 Using a special needle similar to a crochet hook, these masters meticulously attach each rhinestone, sequin, and appliqué with the precision of Georges Seurat. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "The Haute Couture Details That Go Into Pronovias Wedding Gowns," 10 Oct. 2018 The looks are not natural — metallics and sequins and bright eyeliner figure prominently. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The problem with Bradley Cooper asking Lady Gaga to go makeup-free in A Star Is Born," 9 Oct. 2018 Other honorable mentions from the video go to her extremely extra but very gorgeous sequin and feathered date night outfit. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Wears a Skort in the "Back to You" Music Video," 10 May 2018 Famously, Lyons encouraged American women to wear sequins during the day, perhaps paired with low-key chambray — a divisive point for some shoppers but a defining trait of Lyons’s exuberant style. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Jenna Lyons, the former powerhouse behind J.Crew, finally announced her next move," 9 Oct. 2018 Shades, large hats, oversize beads, sequins and glitter were ubiquitous. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 In the dark backstage photo, the star stands behind the curtain of the stage at the at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., while cupping her new baby bump through her sequin dress. Fox News, "Carrie Underwood shows first photo of baby bump after second pregnancy announcement," 11 Aug. 2018 In the music video for her latest single, the singer cries in the shower in a pink gown and struts down a hallway in a pink sequin dress, pink fur coat, and pink aviator shades. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Has Carrie Underwood Been Dropping Hints About Her Baby's Gender This Whole Time?," 11 Aug. 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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