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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Upton, who was low-key wearing a hat and eyeglasses, was seated at the back of a bar with a female friend, the representative said. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Kate Upton hits up hot new Houston restaurant MAD," 29 June 2019 Binders and eyeglasses and cigar boxes sit next to cans of RC Cola and packs of Winston cigarettes. David W. Brown, BostonGlobe.com, "NASA reopens Apollo Mission Control room that once landed men on moon," 29 June 2019 Electronics, medications and eyeglasses will be collected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until the truck is full. Linda G. Kramer, cleveland.com, "Berea shred fest, electronics roundup set for Saturday: Community Voices," 24 June 2019 This morning—also the day after her birthday—the supermodel stepped out in a pair of white-frame shades with a signature beloved by retirees everywhere: an eyeglasses chain, this one made from pearls. Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Revives a Granny Accessory," 24 Apr. 2019 Yet that is a fraction of global eyeglass demand, which investment bank Bryan, Garnier & Co. estimates at more than 1.5 billion frames annually. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "Design Your Frames: 3-D Printing Comes to Eyewear," 11 Nov. 2018 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

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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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