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[pin-koo sh-uh n] /ˈpɪnˌkʊʃ ən/
a small cushion into which pins are stuck until needed.
Origin of pincushion
1625-35; pin + cushion Unabridged
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  • And there was a pincushion, that was white over pink, on the bureau.

    Peggy in Her Blue Frock Eliza Orne White
  • Don't tell me it's Mrs. Wilkins, without even a pincushion prepared.'

    Shawl-Straps Louisa M. Alcott
  • Now, if Uncle Roger has swallowed any needles, maybe it would make it all right if he swallowed a pincushion.

    The Story Girl Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • I found it stuck in a pincushion in the next room, beside the girl's hat.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • It was that same night, I think, when Aggie's cat found a porcupine in the woods, and came in looking like a pincushion.

  • Im not going to leave a note on the pincushion like Lady Kitty, you know.

    The Circle W. Somerset Maugham
  • The back of him was made all in one piece, like a pincushion.

    The Velveteen Rabbit Margery Williams
  • Here, also, a pincushion was bought for nurse, and an emery-bag for Jane.

    Bessie in the City Joanna Mathews
  • I promised to show her about making a new kind of pincushion for the church fair; and I could do it this evening.

British Dictionary definitions for pincushion


a small well-padded cushion in which pins are stuck ready for use
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Word Origin and History for pincushion

1630s, from pin (n.) + cushion (n.).

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