- An ornamental
pin attached to clothing in a person's upper chest area.
- 1843, Thomas
Carlyle, Past and Present, ch. 17,
- Mark on that nose the colour left by too copious port and viands; to which the profuse cravat with exorbitant breastpin, and the fixed, forward, and as it were menacing glance of the eyes correspond.
- 1883, Edward Payson
Roe, His Sombre Rivals, ch. 5,
- A sprig of white flowers was in her light wavy hair, and another fastened by her breastpin drooped over her bosom.
- 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, ch. 17,