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

Definition of eyeglass

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.
Recent Examples on the Web In the new photo, Huffman, 56, is wearing eyeglasses, black Under Armour shoes, a white hat, a watch and a dark green button-up and pants. Sarah Jackson, NBC News, "New image emerges of Felicity Huffman in prison," 20 Oct. 2019 Henry Kissinger is but a chunky pair of hovering black eyeglasses, sometimes recalling a bat and sometimes bobbing on a choppy sea. Los Angeles Times, "Review: As impeachment flashbacks go, few better than Philip Guston’s ‘Tricky Dick’ drawings," 9 Oct. 2019 New research suggests that nine million hawksbills were slaughtered in the past 150 years, mostly for their fiery red and gold carapaces, which were fashioned into hair clips, eyeglasses, jewelry boxes, and furniture. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "Sea turtles are surviving—despite us," 20 Sep. 2019 Long before the invention of eyeglasses with glass or plastic lenses, Alaska’s indigenous inhabitants, including the Yupik people, devised their own corrective eyewear. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, "These Snow Goggles Demonstrate Thousands of Years of Indigenous Ingenuity," 19 Dec. 2019 Above it, in a postage-stamp sized photo, an 80-year-old's smiling face peers out from behind a pair of eyeglasses. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Public asked to attend funeral for Florida veteran with no family," 30 Sep. 2019 The Andersons promised a free pair of high-end sunglasses or eyeglasses in exchange for free hearing tests, the investigation determined. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Dallas father, son get prison for $27M hearing-aid scam targeting American Airlines workers," 15 Aug. 2019 Chinese factories turn those resins into building materials, automobile instrument panels, eyeglasses and thousands of other products, many of which end up back in the United States. Natalie Kitroeff And Ben Casselman, New York Times, "How U.S.-China Trade Spat Could Threaten Manufacturing," 4 Apr. 2018 Children can wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct blurred vision, but neither are intended to slow the progression of myopia in kids. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "California company gets FDA nod for first contact lens to slow nearsightedness in kids," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of eyeglass

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1c

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“Eyeglass.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyeglass. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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

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

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