brooch

That fancy pin your Grandma used to wear on her blouse or lapel? It's a brooch, held in place by a sharp needle clasp.

Okay, it's a bit unfair to say Grandmothers alone wear brooches, but they do tend to be worn more by powerful older women — witness Margaret Thatcher and Madeleine Albright (both noted brooch wearers). Not surprisingly, brooch is derived from the old French word brooch, meaning "a long needle."

Definitions of brooch
1

n a decorative pin

Synonyms:
breastpin, broach
Types:
sunburst
a jeweled brooch with a pattern resembling the sun
Type of:
pin
a piece of jewelry that is pinned onto the wearer's garment

v fasten with or as if with a brooch

Synonyms:
clasp
Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached

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