Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1_million_words,
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Word of the Day 09/20/17 Linchpin

Linchpin (noun)
linchpin or lynchpin [linch-pin]
(previously 03-11-13)

noun
1. a pin inserted through the end of an axletree to keep the wheel on.
2. something that holds the various elements of a complicated structure together: The monarchy was the linchpin of the nation's traditions and society.

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Origin: 1350-1400; unexplained alteration of Middle English lynspin, equivalent to lyns, Old English lynis axle-pin (cognate with German Lünse) + pin pin

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