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breastpin (plural breastpins)

  1. An ornamental pin attached to clothing in a person's upper chest area.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, ch. 17:
      Mark on that nose the colour left by too copious port and viands; to which the profuse cravat with exorbitant breastpin, and the fixed, forward, and as it were menacing glance of the eyes correspond.
    • 1883, Edward Payson Roe, His Sombre Rivals, ch. 5:
      A sprig of white flowers was in her light wavy hair, and another fastened by her breastpin drooped over her bosom.