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[hat-pin] /ˈhætˌpɪn/
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 of hatpin
First recorded in 1890-95; hat + pin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He lifted it, revealing a counterfeit, which had once ornamented a hatpin.

    Tropic Days E. J. Banfield
  • Monny's hat was off, and Biddy's was apparently hanging by a hatpin.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • The human in her used the stiletto or hatpin, the animal in her used claws.

    Christopher Quarles Percy James Brebner
  • The hatpin slipped from her cold fingers, and fell to the floor.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • Make a small hook, E, from a short piece of rather stiff wire and fasten it to the hatpin about 1 in.

  • He had to get up and push up his seat before the hatpin was recovered.

    The Rover Boys at Colby Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • Then going to her dressing table she drew the hatpin from the pincushion and carelessly slipped the rings on her fingers.

    Murder in Any Degree Owen Johnson
  • With that out came her hatpin, and she made a lunge at Sheeny Rose.

  • One man and one girl was under the piano playing cat's cradle, while another man was doing a sum on the wallpaper with a hatpin.

  • “This,” and Norah pointed to a hatpin that lay on the big desk.

British Dictionary definitions for hatpin


a sturdy pin used to secure a woman's hat to her hair, often having a decorative head
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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