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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While model Kendall opted for an animal-print sequin number, with a super-high leg slit, Kylie chose a long-sleeved, figure-hugging, sparkly mini dress. Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall and Kylie Jenner's Night Out Involved Karaoke, Leg Slits, and Blonde Wigs," 23 June 2019 Get the Willow effect by opting for a tuxedo dress with an element of surprise, like shimmery sequins. Tiffany Reid, Seventeen, "15 Homecoming Outfit Ideas That Are Just the Right Amount of Extra," 20 June 2019 Only this small creature—her tiny cry no bigger than a sequin. Ellen Bass, The New Yorker, "Because," 17 June 2019 The cause becomes more vulnerable to criticisms of faddishness, or of style above substance: of ROYBGIV and sequins as empty aesthetics. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Taylor Swift Seems to Think Homophobes Are ‘Throwing Shade’," 17 June 2019 Beyoncé's look was quite chic next to the owner of the Golden State Warriors' wife, Nicole Curran, who infamously leaned over Bey, in her over-the-knee gold sequin boots. Channing Hargrove,, "The Only Thing Better Than Beyoncé's Sideeye Is Her Courtside Outfit," 7 June 2019 There's no shortage of sequins and metallics, plus charming accents that encourage teens to express their personal style. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Rachel Zoe Dishes on Her New Pottery Barn Kids Collection," 17 June 2019 As Jo, Casey's put-upon and increasingly more pregnant wife, Julet Lindo is a bastion of emotional stability in a sea of sequins and high camp. Jeffrey Gillespie| For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Elvis impersonator transforms into drag diva in endearing ‘Legend of Georgia McBride’," 10 June 2019 In short, Camila on Wednesday night was perfectly rocking both sides of our holiday season persona: the party-ready, sequin-clad fashionista…and the Netflix-watching, onesie-wearing lounger. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Camila Cabello Wore Butt Flap Pajamas on the Red Carpet," 6 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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