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

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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 Firstly, there was this brilliant snap of Tatum apparently asleep, with the beginnings of his brand new face, including a monocle drawn around one of his eyes. Amy Mackelden, Marie Claire, "Channing Tatum's Daughter Just Gave Him the Most Hilarious Makeover," 19 Mar. 2018 Congress is poised to pass a piece of legislation that will amount to a $1.5 trillion tax hike for Americans who don’t have trust funds, silver spoons or monocles. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Everything You Need to Know About the GOP’s Tax Heist but Were Afraid to Ask," 19 Dec. 2017 Other new emojis include vomiting face, face with monocle, fairy, elf, person doing yoga, Chinese takeout container, T-Rex and flying saucer. Joey Morona,, "iOS update means there's now an emoji for just about any situation," 1 Nov. 2017 The watchability of one of the hearings immediately soared when a protester dressed as Rich Uncle Pennybags — complete with top hat, monocle and mustache — sat in directly behind Smith. Ben Popken, NBC News, "Former Equifax CEO Blames One IT Guy for Massive Hack," 5 Oct. 2017

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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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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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