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#7: Pince-nez

What It Is:

: eyeglasses clipped to the nose by a spring

About the Word:

The French background of pince-nez (pronounced \panss-NAY\) tells all: the French pincer "to pinch" + nez "nose."

Well-known wearers of pince-nez include President Teddy Roosevelt and Agatha Christie's fictional Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

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