Pronunciation: (sē'kwin), [key]
1. a small shining disk or spangle used for ornamentation, as on women's clothing and accessories or on theatrical costumes.
2. a former gold coin of Venice, introduced in 1284; ducat.
3. a former gold coin of Malta, introduced c1535.
4. a former gold coin of Turkey, introduced in 1478. Also,zecchino,zechin (for defs. 2–4).
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