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Definition of pinup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something fastened to a wall: such as
a : a photograph or poster of a person considered to have glamorous qualities
b : something (such as a lamp) designed for wall attachment



Definition of pinup (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to pinups male pinup calendars
2 : designed for hanging on a wall a pinup lamp

Examples of pinup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like Velour, both Miss Malice and K.James repurposed garments for the zine shoot; Miss Malice sports a pinup-worthy bathing suit with a fiery red wig, while K.James rocks a kitschy floral shirt and swim trunks as the pool boy. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Drag Star Sasha Velour Created a Fabulous, Monstrous New Zine," 7 Oct. 2020 Bhaskaran poses in a white corset and skirt set, and Dalton looks like a glamorous pinup in a bubblegum pink dress cinched with chains. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Fecal Matter Releases a “Liberating” New Collection on Depop," 29 Oct. 2020 But then there is Styles, cheerily gung ho, hidden behind a festive yellow bandana mask and a sweatshirt of his own design, surprisingly printed with three portraits of his intellectual pinup, the author Alain de Botton. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Playtime With Harry Styles," 13 Nov. 2020 Then, of course, there are Gomez’s looks, for which the singer and her stylist Kate Young chose to pay homage to ’40s pinup girls with a series of looks that featured stripes and polka dots galore. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Blackpink and Selena Gomez’s New Video Is a Fashion-Fueled Sugar Rush," 28 Aug. 2020 The packaging features a caricature of Jenner in a 1940s pinup-style sailor's outfit, surrounded by stripes, anchors, and life preservers. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Added Cute Sailor-Themed Lashes to Her Summer Makeup Collection," 21 Aug. 2020 And as Playboy ends its print publication, one former pinup is feeling oddly nostalgic. Jonathan Wolfe, New York Times, "Coronavirus, New Orleans, Betty Dodson: Your Thursday Evening Briefing," 26 Mar. 2020 For that biography, O’Dowd tracked down Payton’s only son, John Lee Payton, as well as insiders who knew the infamous pinup. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Former '50s star Barbara Payton endured a tragic downfall involving drug abuse, alcoholism," 16 Aug. 2018 The Young Pope, after all, did not merely bait meme-makers by imagining a pope who was also a pinup. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The New Pope’s Old Magic," 8 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Images of these men on horseback or in classical profile began appearing on posters and handkerchiefs and even crockery, the pinup boys of the revolutionary age–virile and virtuous and handsome. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, "Can Democracy Handle Charisma?," 17 Aug. 2020

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1943, in the meaning defined above


1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pinup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pinup

: a photograph of an attractive person (such as an actress or model) that is hung or pinned on a wall
: a person who appears in or is attractive enough to appear in a pinup

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