What do you call this in English?

How do you call this in English ?

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    It is called a safety pin (BrE and AmE).
    – Mick
    Oct 28, 2016 at 9:12
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    PIN (both in BrE and AmE) also "safety pin" ​ - a small thin piece of metal with a point at one end, especially used for temporarily holding pieces of cloth together. dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/pin
    – user5267
    Oct 28, 2016 at 9:13
  • We called them "diaper pins" when I was a kid, although I don't think I've seen one used on a baby's diaper in 40 years. May 23, 2017 at 6:14

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From Wikipedia

The safety pin is a variation of the regular pin which includes a simple spring mechanism and a clasp. The clasp serves two purposes: to form a closed loop thereby properly fastening the pin to whatever it is applied to, and to cover the end of the pin to protect the user from the sharp point.

I believe you can call this a pin when it is clear from context that the item is a safety pin. Otherwise, a pin can refer to a variety of fastening devices, not to mention other devices unrelated to fastening.


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