besant (s.xii)

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besant (s.xii)

[ FEW: 1,669b byzantius; Gdf: 1,631b besan 1; GdfC: 8,318a besant; TL: 1,937 besant; DEAF:  besant; DMF:  besant; TLF:  besant; OED:  bezant | byzant n.; MED:  besaunt n.; DMLBS: 231b Byzantus ]
besand,  besaunt;  bessant,  bessaunt  


1curr.finan.bezant, talent (coin)
( s.xii )  un besand d’or  i 271
( c.1170; MS: s.xiiiex )  il ne perdi del soen [le] vaillant [d’]un besant  113
( MS: c.1275 )  si il soi absentent [...] chescun par soi est en la merci de un besant  26.4
( c.1334; MS: s.xivm )  manda [...] qe S. lui mandast cent besantz d’argent  106.9
( MS: s.xiii/xiv )  bisantius: besauns  ii 147
(TBD)  talentum: besant  ii 146
( s.xivm; MS: s.xivex )  Quant ils sount d’or, sount besauntz; quant ils sount d’argent, platz  82
fig.talent, endowment, ability
( c.1275; MS: s.xiii4/4 )  Si vus celez le besaunt Ke a pru deust estre mys avaunt, Deus vus en purra chalaunger  5709
od besants
( 1300; MS: s.xiv1 )  A. de la S. tresor Signefioit ke fust brisans Sa rouge baniere o besans  112.498
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