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[hat-pin] /ˈhætˌpɪn/
noun
1.
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.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; hat + pin
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Examples for hatpin
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for hatpin

hatpin

/ˈhætˌpɪn/
noun
1.
a sturdy pin used to secure a woman's hat to her hair, often having a decorative head
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Encyclopedia Article for hatpin

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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