lor·​gnette lȯrn-ˈyet How to pronounce lorgnette (audio)
: a pair of eyeglasses or opera glasses with a handle

Examples of lorgnette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a rule, monocles were a male accessory: If in need of an aid to vision, a woman would use spectacles or a lorgnette, a pair of glasses on a handle. Austin Grossman, The Atlantic, 13 Oct. 2019

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Word History


French, from lorgner to take a sidelong look at, from Middle French, from lorgne squinting

First Known Use

1803, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lorgnette was in 1803

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“Lorgnette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lorgnette. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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