byzant

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From Old French besant, nominative bezanz, from [{etyl|la|en}} Byzantius (of Byzantium).

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byzant (plural byzants)

  1. (historical) A coin made of gold or silver, minted at Byzantium and used in currency throughout mediaeval Europe.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      “Gramercy! good fellow,” cried Prince John, “thou pleasest me — Here, Isaac, lend me a handful of byzants.”