[pin-koo sh-uh n]


a small cushion into which pins are stuck until needed.

Origin of pincushion

First recorded in 1625–35; pin + cushion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

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

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