clothes·​pin | \ ˈklōz-ˌpin How to pronounce clothespin (audio) also ˈklōt͟hz- \

Definition of clothespin

: a forked piece of wood or plastic or a small spring clamp used for fastening clothes on a clothesline

Examples of clothespin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 These clothespin towel holders Consider gross, wet towels on the floor a thing of the past. Sarah Vincelette, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2021 Crafted in solid sterling silver with a Tiffany Blue accent, this clothespin is a whimsical addition to the home. Harper's Magazine, 24 Nov. 2020 When the cauliflower head is about the size of a silver dollar, the leaves are gathered up and fastened with a clothespin over the head to shield it from light. Dan Gill,, 4 Nov. 2020 The recent crafts include a magnetic picture frame made out of craft sticks and a clothespin, as well as a fall leaf wreath made out of a paper plate. John Benson, cleveland, 1 Oct. 2020 Bed Bath & Beyond has a personalized grandparents clothespin wall display ($30.99). oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2020 Finally, pinch the clothespin again and replace the antennae., 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of clothespin

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clothespin was in 1833

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“Clothespin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clothespin

: a small object used for holding clothes on a clothesline


clothes·​pin | \ ˈklōz-ˌpin How to pronounce clothespin (audio) , ˈklōt͟hz- \

Kids Definition of clothespin

: a small object used for holding clothes in place on a line

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