se·​quin ˈsē-kwən How to pronounce sequin (audio)
: an old gold coin of Italy and Turkey
: a small plate of shining metal or plastic used for ornamentation especially on clothing

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Porter, who wore a black sequin suit with a pair of black-rimmed glasses, opened the night by singling out Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson, and Republic Records Co-Presidents Wendy Goldstein and Jim Roppo. Breanna Bell, Variety, 28 Oct. 2022 The Killing Eve actress is killing it in a purple sequin suit with matching silk top, plus Cathy Waterman jewels. Alex Apatoff, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2022 Lauren changed into a strapless black and white vintage Chanel sequin dress and Chanel shoes. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 9 Aug. 2022 The TikToker went for a glittering sequin dress and didn't shy away from showing some (okay, a lot) of skin. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 8 Nov. 2022 The floor-length sequin dress was trimmed in black feathers and included a dramatic thigh-high slit. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 26 Aug. 2022 Heads turned when Maggie Maurer walked out at Nensi Dojaka’s fall 2022 runway show, pregnant and radiant in a holographic clear sequin dress. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 7 July 2022 The minimalist look, matched with a nude glossy lip and blowout, reminded fans of when Crawford, 56, wore a similar figure-hugging statement piece — a sequin and sheer ombre dress — at the 10th Annual MTV Video Music Awards in 1993. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 17 Oct. 2022 Fashion mogul Diego Della Valle and CEOs Francesca Bellettini and Cédric Charbit mixed with a crowd including Jessica Seinfeld and Karlie Kloss, who wore a crowd-parting sequin gown handmade by designer Olivier Theyskens the night before. Wsj. Magazine, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


French, from Italian zecchino, from zecca mint, from Arabic (dār al-) sikka, literally, house of the minting die

First Known Use

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sequin was in 1617

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Cite this Entry

“Sequin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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se·​quin ˈsē-kwən How to pronounce sequin (audio)
: a small piece of shiny metal or plastic used as an ornament especially on clothes

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