A pair of eyeglasses or opera glasses with a short handle.
Eyeglasses attached to a handle.
Opera glasses similarly mounted.
Other Word Forms
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