[ hat-pin ]

  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 of hatpin

First recorded in 1890–95; hat + pin

Words Nearby hatpin

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How to use hatpin in a sentence

  • The turbine is constructed on an axle made of a hatpin which runs through the top of the standards for bearings.

  • Make a small hook, E, from a short piece of rather stiff wire and fasten it to the hatpin about 1 in.

  • It was the imitation-jet head of a hatpin—a steel hatpin—that was ten inches long and maybe longer.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm | Irvin S. Cobb
  • 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
  • I had my hatpin in my gown and I should have killed myself first.

    The Black Box | E. Phillips Oppenheim

British Dictionary definitions for hatpin


/ (ˈhætˌpɪn) /

  1. a sturdy pin used to secure a woman's hat to her hair, often having a decorative head

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