Definition of pin money in English:

pin money

Syllabification: pin mon·ey


  • 1A small sum of money for spending on inessentials.
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    • When they moved out, shame-free Adrienne started making inquiries about government compensation for her lost pin money.
    • Far from ‘having it all’ - the career, the husband, the kids - it seems that working motherhood, for many women, means a part-time job, pin money and some activity outside the home.
    • My husband didn't like me to work full time, so I was cleaning banks and doctors' surgeries for pin money.
  • 1.1 historical An allowance to a woman from her husband for clothing and other personal expenses.


late 17th century: from pin in the sense 'decorative clasp for the hair or a garment' + money.

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