a long pin for securing a woman's hat to her hair, often having a bulbous decorative head of colored glass, simulated pearl, or the like.

1890–95; hat + pin

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hatpin (ˈhætˌpɪn)
a sturdy pin used to secure a woman's hat to her hair, often having a decorative head

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long, ornamental pin used for decoration and for fastening a woman's hat securely to her hair. In the late Victorian era and the beginning of the 20th century, the hatpin became a popular and important clothing accessory.

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They'd go to her when they misplaced a pearl hatpin or a suitcase key.
She is inserting a tiny sword as a hatpin to hold it in place.
She sticks the hatpin in the center and wipes off a chair with her glove before she sits down.
When she was not using the hatpin she was land ing blows with her flats.
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