- (historic) A coin made of gold or silver, minted at w:Byzantium, Byzantium and used in currency throughout mediaeval Europe.
Etymology: From Old French besant, nominative bezanz, from Latin Byzantius "of Byzantium".
- 1819: "Gramercy! good fellow," cried Prince John, "thou pleasest me " Here, Isaac, lend me a handful of byzants." " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
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