Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pin worn on the breast for a fastening or for ornament; a brooch; a scarf-pin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A pin worn on the breast for a fastening, or for ornament; a brooch.
- n. a decorative pin worn by women
“He wore no ornaments, except ear-rings, a plain breastpin, and one or two rings on the fingers.”
“She wears an oldfashioned apron all the time and in cool weather there is always a little black cape around her frail shoulders and held together with a plain old gold "breastpin".”
“I won't insult your intelligence by telling you how I read that, especially as, rather against the strict rules of your order, you use an arc-and-compass breastpin.”
“Most distinctly of all I see his breastpin, with a large bluish-white pearl in it.”
“Wrapped in the little parcel was a breastpin worth at least two and one-half guilders, and ultramodern.”
“Sally was in high feather at the success of her exploit, and danced about like an elf, as she put her night-gown on over her frock, braided her hair in funny little tails all over her head, and fastened the great red pin-cushion on her bosom for a breastpin in honor of the feast.”
“But when you see your grandma or great-auntie wearing a lovely old-fashioned breastpin, bound around with gold, and holding a pink stone, shining like crystal, with a white carved head or other figure standing out from the lower stone, you may know it is a very valuable ornament, and was probably made from one of the finest shells found in the sea.”
“For where, pray, would Lord Dolphin wear a breastpin, or how would he look with a string of coral beads about his neck, or a bracelet pinched about his tail?”
“With the group was a lieutenant, buttoned close in his gray coat, -- one button gone, perhaps to make a breastpin for some fair traitorous bosom.”
“One of the girls says she wears a trilobite for a breastpin; some horrid old stone, I believe that is, that was a bug ever so long ago.”
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