Complete Definition of "linchpin"

English

Etymology
From ME. lynspin < OE. lynis (a pin securing a wheel to an axle). Figurative use attested from the mid 20th Century.

Alternative spellings
lynchpin

Noun
en-noun

  1. a pin inserted through holes at the end of an axle, so as to secure a wheel
  2. figurative a central cohesive source of stability and security; a person or thing that is critical to a system or organisation.

Translations
trans-top|a securing pin
German: Achsnagel m, Lünse f
Middle English: lynspin
Norwegian: sikring m, splint m
trans-mid
Old English: lynis g|Old English
Volapük: xabakluf
trans-bottom

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