mon·​o·​cle | \ ˈmä-ni-kəl How to pronounce monocle (audio) \

Definition of monocle

: an eyeglass for one eye

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monocled \ ˈmä-​ni-​kəld How to pronounce monocled (audio) \ adjective

Examples of monocle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web John Ritchie, stands to his right, wearing shorts, a polo shirt and what appears to be a monocle. Rachel Desantis,, "Guy Ritchie & Hugh Grant Recreate Photo of Their Dads Serving in Military Together 65 Years Ago," 11 Nov. 2019 The villainous Penguin fights the Batman wearing a monocle. Austin Grossman, The Atlantic, "Monocles Were Never Cool," 13 Oct. 2019 For more than half a century, the Burger Boy mascot has pointed the way to hamburger heaven with his chin up like a chubby version of The New Yorker’s dandy mascot Eustace Tilley minus the monocle. René A. Guzman,, "The secret history of San Antonio’s Burger Boy logo," 17 Sep. 2019 Donning a necktie for the debate would have been as off-brand as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders showing up sporting a top hat, monocle and spats. Adam Tschorn,, "The 2020 Democratic debates: A pop of red, a naked neck and a sea of navy blue," 28 June 2019 Karl had a beard and a monocle, double-breasted suits, and then in his close friend the limpid-eyed, elegant, and aristocratic Jacques de Bascher a man whom Proust himself could have fallen for. Kennedy Fraser, Vogue, "From the Archives: Karl Lagerfeld, The Impresario," 19 Feb. 2019 One of my favorite photos of my grandfather shows him at the race track wearing a black tuxedo and top hat, his trademark monocle on his nose, buttery leather gloves clasped in his hand. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Budapest Is Europe's Unlikely Capital of Hedonism," 29 Aug. 2018 Commercial records were set, monocles popped out, and Twenty One Pilots emerged from the Blurryface cycle improbable, yet unquestioned, superstars. Chris Payne, Billboard, "Twenty One Pilots Sound Unconcerned With Pop Success on New Songs (Though 'Trench' Might Be Huge Anyway)," 11 July 2018 Unlike the current night-vision goggles, a monocle-like device that shows a fuzzy green picture at night, the new goggles are designed like binoculars and are wirelessly linked to the sight on a soldier’s weapon. Jim Michaels, USA TODAY, "Army's new weapon: 'Enemy can’t see we’re targeting him until we pull the trigger'," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of monocle

circa 1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monocle

French, from Late Latin monoculus having one eye, from Latin mon- + oculus eye — more at eye

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The first known use of monocle was circa 1858

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23 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Monocle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of monocle

: a single round lens for one eye that helps people see and that is held in place by the muscles around the eye


mon·​o·​cle | \ ˈmän-i-kəl How to pronounce monocle (audio) \

Medical Definition of monocle

: an eyeglass for one eye

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