English edit

Etymology edit

Italian contorniato, present participle of contorniare (to make a circuit or outline).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /kənˈtɔː(ɹ).ni.ət/

Noun edit

contorniate (plural contorniates)

  1. A bronze medal or medallion with a deep furrow on the contour or edge, supposed to have been struck in the days of Constantine and his successors.
    • 1864, Reginald Stuart Poole, “The Coins of the Ptolemies”, in The numismatic chronicle, volume IV:
      Mr. Evans exhibited a fine contorniate, bearing the head of Nero

Adjective edit

contorniate (not comparable)

  1. Having a furrow of this kind.
    • 1888, Archaeologia Cambrensis, page 141:
      [] by its close analogy with a more elaborate composition on a contorniate medal of the same Emperor, which was certainly commemorative of that event.

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Verb edit


  1. second-person plural present subjunctive of contornare

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