clothes·​pin ˈklōz-ˌpin How to pronounce clothespin (audio)
 also  ˈklōt͟hz-
: a forked piece of wood or plastic or a small spring clamp used for fastening clothes on a clothesline

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Each reindeer has a clothespin attached, perfect for displaying cards or letters to Santa. Emily Rochotte, Good Housekeeping, 26 Oct. 2022 After allowing the eggs to soak, carefully remove the clothespin and paper towel. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Nov. 2022 It comes fully assembled—and with a drawstring clothespin pouch that has a carabiner to attach to the rack. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 5 July 2022 In the laundry room, cabinets with the same gray finish of the kitchen island have clothespin handles that Paula found on Etsy. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 June 2022 Plus, they can be used for an array of DIYs —including turning them into wings for a clothespin butterfly. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 21 Apr. 2022 For Your Doorway For a classic Christmas look, grab a garland of faux pine and drape it across a doorway, then attach your Christmas cards with a clothespin! For Your Tree Create a Christmas tree out of holiday cards with a wall hanger. Teaghan Skulszki, Sunset Magazine, 7 Dec. 2021 Block light coming under your door with a towel, and use a clothespin to clamp your curtains shut. Simon Hill, Wired, 21 Aug. 2021 From clothespin tag to a playing catch, here are more than 30 ideas for outdoor games for kids. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clothespin was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Clothespin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



clothes·​pin ˈklō(t͟h)z-ˌpin How to pronounce clothespin (audio)
: a peg (as of wood) with the lower part slit or a clamp for holding clothes in place on a line

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