(architecture) A flat disk used as an ornament.
The solidus, a gold coin issued in Byzantium.
(archit., heraldry) An ornamental flat disk or circular figure representing such a coin.
(heraldry) The heraldic representation of a gold coin.
Origin of bezant
- Middle English besant from Old French from Medieval Latin Bȳzantius from Latin of Byzantium
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French bezant, nominative bezanz, from Latin byzantius (“of Byzantium”).