• WordNet 3.6
    • n hatpin a long sturdy pin used by women to secure a hat to their hair
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hatpin A long metallic pin. often with a fancy head, used for fastening on a woman's hat.
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In literature:

Hatpin in hand, she parried the thrust and lunged back.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
He had to get up and push up his seat before the hatpin was recovered.
"The Rover Boys at Colby Hall" by Arthur M. Winfield
I just touched it with a hatpin and it did that.
"The Wrong Woman" by Charles D. Stewart
She stood meditatively poking her hatpins in and out of her hat, when the sound of footsteps on the stairs came to her ears.
"Marjorie Dean High School Freshman" by Pauline Lester
She stepped back, still holding the hatpin.
"The Escape of Mr. Trimm" by Irvin S. Cobb
In front of the fire, they had mounted twelve marshmallows, which they were toasting to a beautiful brown on twelve hatpins.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
Unfastening her coat, which she had kept on, she laid it on the sofa at her back, and then put up her hands to take out her hatpins.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
Each guest is provided with a hatpin, and when the word is given all begin jabbing for peanuts.
"Cupology" by Clara
She stood up and drew the hatpins out of her hat.
"The Limit" by Ada Leverson
The hatpin slipped from her cold fingers, and fell to the floor.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham

In poetry:

The untidy lady revivalist
For whom the good Lord provides (He gave
Her a pocketbook, a pearl hatpin
And seven winter coats last August)
Prays under her breath that she may save
The art students in West Berlin.
"On Deck" by Sylvia Plath