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monocle

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noun mon·o·cle \ˈmä-ni-kəl\

Simple Definition of monocle

  • : a single round lens for one eye that helps people see and that is held in place by the muscles around the eye

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of monocle

  1. :  an eyeglass for one eye

monocled play \-kəld\ adjective

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Origin of monocle

French, from Late Latin monoculus having one eye, from Latin mon- + oculus eye — more at eye


First Known Use: circa 1858

Rhymes with monocle


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monocle

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noun mon·o·cle \ˈmän-i-kəl\

Medical Definition of monocle

  1. :  an eyeglass for one eye




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