from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ornamental pin worn in a scarf or necktie.


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  • His well-brushed top hat glittered, his varnished boots glittered, and his rings and scarf-pin glittered; in fact, so resplendent was his appearance that he looked like an animated diamond coming along in the blazing sunshine.

    The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

  • He may not answer your kind enquiries, but look you up and down from the welt of your boot to your scarf-pin.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 8, 1914

  • The man, whose incinerated body still lay curled in its bed of cinders, had been dressed at the moment of disaster; even to the watch, the cuff-buttons, the studs, the very scarf-pin.

    O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1920

  • He wore a double-jeweled ring on his apoplectic finger, and a scarab scarf-pin.

    The Witness

  • He took a bath and changed his clothes, and then proceeded to town and bought himself a white neck-tie, and a scarf-pin that cost seventy-five cents.

    Hepsey Burke

  • Except for the miner's hip boots, which he wore, he was rather handsomely dressed, and would have been called tastefully so in the betting ring of a metropolitan race-track, where his diamond scarf-pin and ring would have been admired.

    Hidden Gold

  • However, either bride or groom gives something to the bridesmaid and a scarf-pin to each usher.

    Manners and Social Usages

  • "You spoke too soon, Frank," said Phil, showing a pair of cuff links, while Joe made every one laugh by assuming dandified airs as he stuck in his tie a pretty scarf-pin.

    Glenloch Girls

  • You can buy very pretty owls 'heads under glass, arranged to wear as a scarf-pin.

    Harper's Young People, March 2, 1880 An Illustrated Weekly

  • His father had inspired him with a horror of jewellery; for once, when he had spent the savings of a month upon a cheap scarf-pin, the elder Armstrong had wrathfully asked him what he meant by sticking that brass-headed nail in his chest, and had thrown the gewgaw into the fire.

    Despair's Last Journey


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