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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The same bag made a return at the Ashish show, where Porter wore a metallic silver drape top, a metallic rose gold skirt, matching silver sequin boots and Alexis Bittar jewels. Katie Intner,, "Billy Porter Had the Most Fun at London Fashion Week, Wearing 12 Different Outfits in 3 Days," 17 Sep. 2019 Hennessy coordinated perfectly with her older sister, wearing a sequin-and-bejeweled rainbow a-line dress with a thigh-high slit that nearly touches her hipbone. Amanda Mitchell, Allure, "Cardi B and Her Sister Hennessy Carolina Were Totally Twinning at the 2019 Diamond Ball," 13 Sep. 2019 The home décor is pulled together with metallic accents and a variety of textiles, like cozy faux fur, animal prints, and sequins for pops of glamour. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Here’s Your First Look at Rachel Zoe’s Collections for Pottery Barn Kids & Teen," 12 Sep. 2019 There were also wigs: lots and lots of wigs, not to mention tulle ballerina skirts and sequins galore. Vogue, "RuPaul Spices Up Fashion Week with Dragcon, Featuring Whoopi Goldberg, Elizabeth Warren, and Wigs Galore," 10 Sep. 2019 Each featured piece combines different textures (sequins and lace!), a variety of patterns (cheetah and checks!) and materials (plastic bags and quilts!). Teen Vogue, "Meet Femail Forever, the Brand Changing the Fashion Industry via Snail Mail," 10 Sep. 2019 Of course the gender-bending siren of sequin jumpsuits Kristen Stewart wants to make a movie with majestic falcon Taika Waititi. Nick Romano,, "Let Taika Waititi direct Kristen Stewart in a movie, you cowards," 8 Sep. 2019 The midi dress pulled out all the stops with a neon yellow leopard print, sequin detailing, a chain halter strap, a sultry cowl neckline, and a thigh-high leg slit that seemed to go on for miles. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Goes Bold in a Bright Yellow Leopard Versace Dress," 6 Sep. 2019 Along the parade route, the attention was on the fantastical, vibrant costumes, as towering feathery wings dotted with jewels and sequins reached improbable heights, nearly touching the traffic lights overhead. Jeremy C. Fox,, "Caribbean parade turns Roxbury and Dorchester into a rainbow of cultures," 24 Aug. 2019

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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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