- eyeglasses attached to a handle
- opera glasses similarly mounted
Origin of lorgnetteFrench ; from lorgner, to spy, peep, quiz ; from Old French lorgne, squinting
A pair of eyeglasses or opera glasses with a short handle.
Origin of lorgnetteFrench, from lorgner, to peer at, from Old French, from lorgne, squinting, of Germanic origin.
French lorgner (“to take a sidelong look at") (from Middle French lorgne (“crosseyed")) + -ette