pince-nez[pans′nā′, pins′nā′; Fr pans nā′]
nounpl. pince-nez pince-nez
Eyeglasses that are worn on the bridge of the nose without supports that go over the ears.
Origin of pince-nezFrench : pincer, to pinch (from Old French pincier; see pinch) + nez, nose (from Latin nāsus; see nas- in Indo-European roots).
French pince-nez ‘pinch-nose’.
Variant of pince-nez