Definition of coign in English:



  • A projecting corner or angle of a wall.

    • ‘The church is built of light red sandstone, the coigns being of dark basalt, and the style is Early English: it consists of a nave and chancel, north and south aisles, west porch, and a bell-tower.’
    • ‘The seas would occupy the depressions and form the faces of the pyramid, while the continents would be situated round the coigns and would reach out along the edges.’
    • ‘They were constructed with gray brick walls embedded with middle moldings of red bricks, concrete coigns and crenellated copings on the top of the surrounding walls.’
    • ‘Our silesian ‘buff’ Sandstone is used for paving, walling, facing stones, coigns, flagstones, rockery stones, walling and crazy paving.’
    • ‘In addition to its great arks and ziggurats, Gambee seems to have missed few of Wall Street's more picturesque chinks, corners and coigns, and the reader is led to each through angles of vision which by most definitions known to me deserve the name of artistry.’
    • ‘He chased a number of them into the sanctity of their own yards, but from these coigns they continued to ridicule him.’
    • ‘The forms are varied, and pseudocubic crystals with complexly formed coigns have been found here; twinning has been observed.’
    • ‘And presently we came upon the ruin of yet another gate that marked the entrance to what had once been a great and terrible city, and upon the coign of that tall archway was inscribed the name Kolibos.’
    • ‘In the sudden wash of light from the courtyard he saw a warrior standing in one of the coigns high above him.’
    • ‘There is neither statue, nor a niche for a statue, to be seen on all the outside; no carved work, no spires, towers, pinnacles, balustrades, or anything; but mere walls, buttresses, windows, and coigns necessary to the support and order of the building.’


Late Middle English: variant of coin.