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Variant of coigne, a borrowing of Old French coigne (wedge, cornerstone, die for stamping), from Latin cuneus (wedge). See also quoin (cornerstone).



coign (plural coigns)

  1. A projecting corner or angle; a cornerstone.
    • c. 1608, William Shakespeare, Pericles, Act III, Prologue,[1]
      By many a dern and painful perch
      Of Pericles the careful search
      By the four opposing coigns
      Which the world together joins,
      Is made with all due diligence
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses
      Kind air defined the coigns of houses in Kildare street.
    • 1936, William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!!
      this snug monastic coign, this dreamy and heatless alcove of what we call the best of thought.
    • 1964, Anthony Burgess, Nothing Like the Sun
      They lay quietly as the morning advanced its little way, hid snug in their greenwood coign. —
    • 1977, Stephen R. Donaldson, Lord Foul's Bane, →ISBN, page 212:
      The wall was intricately labored—lined and coigned and serried with regular and irregular groups of windows, balconies, buttresses ...
    • 2007, Stephen R. Donaldson, Fatal Revenant, →ISBN, page 3:
      In sunshine as vivid as revelation, Linden Avery knelt on the stone of a low-walled coign like a balcony high in the outward face of Revelstone's watchtower.
  2. The keystone of an arch.
  3. A wedge used in typesetting.

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  1. Alternative form of coyn (coin, quoin)