Definition of bobbin in English:


Line breaks: bob¦bin
Pronunciation: /ˈbɒbɪn


  • 1A cylinder or cone holding thread, yarn, or wire, used especially in weaving and machine sewing.
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    • In days gone by I would have ordered the non-standard bobbins my sewing machine uses from his shop and got them in mere weeks.
    • Thread the machine needle with white thread and the bobbin with red thread.
    • When creating a lace appliqué, use the same color thread in the bobbin and the needle.
  • 1.1A spool or reel.
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    • Let out just enough slack line from the reel so that the bobbin is suspended two to three inches below the rod.
    • The family room tree has a sewing theme, with spools, bobbins and buttons for ornaments.
  • 2A small bar attached to a string used for raising a door latch.
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    • Little Red Riding Hood pulled the bobbin, and the door opened.
    • ‘Pull the bobbin,’ answered the voice again, ‘and the latch will go up.’


mid 16th century: from French bobine, of unknown origin.

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