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I couldn't find anything in Longman dictionary about this word, but I heard it somewhere which by now I don't remember where and when. What does it mean?

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It's a board made of cork or similar material to which notices can be pinned.

  • Is it British or American? – ALH Jan 10 '12 at 12:20
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    @webdesigner: It’s used in Britain, but the earliest recorded use is in the ‘Washington Post’. There is, incidentally, another meaning. It can also be, I now discover, ‘a panel having an array of identical sockets each connected to some of a set of wires, so that inserting a conducting pin into any of the sockets makes an electrical connection between a specific pair or group of wires’ (OED). – Barrie England Jan 10 '12 at 12:24
  • Most people in the US would call this a bulletin board. – user13141 Jan 10 '12 at 12:50
  • @Barrie England What do you mean with used in Britain, that other countries don't have pinboards ?About the newly discovered second meaning - is that the old-fashioned board in the movies when they put you through, when the operators usually females make telephone connection? – speedyGonzales Jan 10 '12 at 13:19
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    @speedyGonzales: I mean that even though it's used in Britain, it first appeared in the United States. No, it doesn't sound like a telephone exchange. – Barrie England Jan 10 '12 at 13:28

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