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  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.
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Origin of hatpin

First recorded in 1890–95; hat + pin
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Examples from the Web for hatpin

Historical Examples

  • Monny's hat was off, and Biddy's was apparently hanging by a hatpin.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • The hatpin slipped from her cold fingers, and fell to the floor.

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

  • With that out came her hatpin, and she made a lunge at Sheeny Rose.

  • She drew forth the hatpin which is so much deadlier than the scarfpin of the species.

    The Shriek

    Charles Somerville

British Dictionary definitions for hatpin


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