bi·​nos | \ ˈbī-ˌnōz How to pronounce binos (audio) \

Definition of binos

: binoculars I raised my binos to scan the shore, where I had willet, lesser yellowlegs and greater yellowlegs together in one view.— Mike Savage, quoted in New York Times, 25 June 1998

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First Known Use of binos

1984, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for binos

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“Binos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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