pincushion

[pin-koo sh-uh n]
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noun

a small cushion into which pins are stuck until needed.

Nearby words

  1. pinckney,
  2. pinckney's treaty,
  3. pinckney, charles,
  4. pinckney, charles cotesworth,
  5. pincus,
  6. pincushion cactus,
  7. pincushion distortion,
  8. pincushion flower,
  9. pindan,
  10. pindar

Origin of pincushion

First recorded in 1625–35; pin + cushion

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British Dictionary definitions for pincushion

pincushion

noun

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

pincushion

n.

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

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