pin money


Definition of pin money

1a : money given by a man to his wife for her own use
b : money set aside for the purchase of incidentals
2 : a trivial amount of money worked for pin money

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Examples of pin money in a Sentence

She had a babysitting job to earn pin money. the summer intern made only pin money but gained valuable work experience
Recent Examples on the Web At the end, there's a celebration where all of the guests throw or pin money onto the bride and groom as an offering to them. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Aug. 2020 Bonnie and Andrea pocket around $100 a month for spending two hours a week taking surveys, which gives each of them extra pin money. Maria Carter, Woman's Day, 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of pin money

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of pin money was in 1674

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“Pin money.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pin money

old-fashioned : money that is used for small expenses

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