eye·​glass | \ ˈī-ˌglas How to pronounce eyeglass (audio) \

Definition of eyeglass

1a : eyepiece
b : a lens worn to aid vision specifically : monocle
c eyeglasses plural : a device used to correct defects of vision or to protect the eyes that consists typically of a pair of glass or plastic lenses and the frame by which they are held in place : glasses

Examples of eyeglass in a Sentence

She left her eyeglasses at work.

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The designer Rick Owens, dressed in a black tank top, black wide-cut pants, and calf-high sneaker boots, puts on a pair of eyeglasses and leans toward a large screen. Nathan Heller, Vogue, "A Day in Paris with Rick Owens, Fashion’s Coolest Iconoclast," 12 Feb. 2019 Instead, they would be focused on bringing in profit by selling eyeglasses and contact lenses. WSJ, "The Ayes May Cloud the Eyes in Oklahoma," 4 Nov. 2018 In January, Orben published a paper asserting that screen time was no stronger a risk factor for adolescent depression than eating potatoes or wearing eyeglasses. Jessica Wapner, SELF, "How Worried Do You Really Need to Be About Your Screen Time?," 7 Feb. 2019 The Medicare program that provides coverage for millions of Americans age 65 and older doesn’t include routine eye exams, refraction testing or eyeglasses. Michelle Andrews, Washington Post, "Lack Of Insurance Exposes Blind Spots In Vision Care," 15 May 2018 At the time, NCL members donated their proceeds to the building and maintenance fund and also provided extras not ordinarily in the budget, such as air-conditioning units, hearing aids and eyeglasses. Katherine Yamada, latimes.com, "Verdugo Views: National Charity League’s car shows were a sight to behold," 3 May 2018 Every year the world produces 320 million tons of plastic—our packaging, eyeglasses, sneakers, Q-Tips, and cell phones among them. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 This format began with eyeglasses a few years ago and spread to personal care items, fashion, and mattresses. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018 After Ford completed her statement, Pingree removed her eyeglasses and appeared to wipe away a tear. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Dramatic testimony from Kavanaugh, Ford included outrage, emotion, history," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of eyeglass

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1c

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English Language Learners Definition of eyeglass

old-fashioned : a single lens that is worn over your eye to help you see
chiefly US : a pair of lenses set into a frame and worn over your eyes to help you see


eye·​glass | \ ˈī-ˌglas How to pronounce eyeglass (audio) \

Kids Definition of eyeglass

1 : a glass lens used to help a person to see clearly
2 eyeglasses plural : glass sense 3


eye·​glass | \ ˈī-ˌglas How to pronounce eyeglass (audio) \

Medical Definition of eyeglass

1a : eyepiece
b : a lens worn to aid vision specifically : monocle
c eyeglasses plural : glasses, spectacles

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