One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long pin, typically with an ornamental head, that holds a woman's hat in position by securing it to her hair.
- ‘At our September meeting Jo Smith displayed her collection of hatpins and gave a slide show illustrating the history of hats and their pins and their connection with fashion and status.’
- ‘So she ran off stage, and put on this hat, but because she had so little time to change she just rammed a hatpin through by herself - no dresser, right?’
- ‘She fastens it there with a strong hair elastic, and uses a hatpin to attach the cloth flower.’
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