watch chain


noun

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
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watch chain

noun

a chain used for fastening a pocket watch to the clothingSee also fob 1
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