Lorgnette definition

lôrn-yĕt
A pair of eyeglasses or opera glasses with a short handle.
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Eyeglasses attached to a handle.
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Opera glasses similarly mounted.
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An opera glass with a handle.
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Elaborate double eyeglasses.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lorgnette
Plural:
lorgnettes

Origin of lorgnette

  • French from lorgner to peer at from Old French from lorgne squinting of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French lorgner (“to take a sidelong look at") (from Middle French lorgne (“crosseyed")) + -ette

    From Wiktionary