pin·​cush·​ion ˈpin-ˌku̇-shən How to pronounce pincushion (audio)
: a small cushion in which pins may be stuck ready for use

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Why? The proud, efficient and bilious store manager, Pauline (Eva Kaminsky), is all business; her upswept hair is a pincushion of pens. Jesse Green, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2023 The second plant was Navarretia mellita, or the honeyscented pincushion plant. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 4 Mar. 2016 The watch is inspired by two items that were always near Gabrielle Chanel: a pair of scissors suspended from her neck with ribbon, and a pincushion. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 25 Jan. 2023 And among the extra-sandy pincushion plants, only 1 out of 19 got beheaded by a browsing rabbit—compared to 8 out of 18 untreated plants. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 4 Mar. 2016 As for the pincushion plant, some indifferent animal (probably a jackrabbit) likes to bite off the entire flowering heads—spikes and all. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 4 Mar. 2016 The Hellbound Heart, the film revolves around a mysterious puzzle box that, when unlocked, calls forth the Cenobites, sadomasochists from another dimension, whose leader resembles a human pincushion. Gregg Kilday, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Nov. 2022 Decked out for war by costume designer Linda Cho, Wong carries face mask-shooting guns and wears a bandolier of thread spools, a giant pair of scissors strapped kitana-style to her back and pincushion armbands. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2022 Scutellosaurus, found in the roughly 200-million-year-old rock of the Navajo Nation, was not a big, four-on-the-floor pincushion like some of its later cousins. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pincushion was in 1605

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“Pincushion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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pin·​cush·​ion ˈpin-ˌku̇sh-ən How to pronounce pincushion (audio)
: a small cushion in which pins may be stuck

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