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watch chain

a chain, frequently of gold or silver, attached to a pocket watch, serving as an ornament and, when passed through a buttonhole in the vest, as a guard against loss or theft of the watch.
Origin of watch chain
First recorded in 1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for watch chain
Historical Examples
  • She made a move to take out his watch chain but Yates stopped her.

  • He fidgeted with his watch chain, colored and was evidently uneasy.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Some of them have a watch chain, but there is not always a watch at the end of it.

    India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin
  • She was playing with his watch chain, and he did not quite know what to make of her face.

    The Making of a Prig Evelyn Sharp
  • Sir Sedley smiled, and played with his watch chain, but did not move.

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • Have it mounted in silver or gold and wear it as a charm on your watch chain.

  • Around one skate was a watch chain that appeared to be of solid gold.

    The Putnam Hall Champions Arthur M. Winfield
  • He detaches a pencil from his watch chain and bends over the paper, writing.

    Votes for Women Elizabeth Robins
  • Mr. Robertson sang a song and kept a hold on his watch chain.

  • And the medical man had a loop made to it, and wore it upon his watch chain.

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for watch chain

watch chain

a chain used for fastening a pocket watch to the clothing See also fob1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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