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

Definition of monocle

: an eyeglass for one eye

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Other Words from monocle

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

Examples of monocle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This time, the puppet — a remarkable monocle-wearing crow — is a single character, on the scene to investigate a murder. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 21 May 2022 Maybe Slider could start wearing a a monocle and draw a fake fencing scar on his cheek. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 30 Apr. 2022 The Penguin is one of the most famous members of the Batman Rogues Gallery, typically recognizable by his top hat, monocle, and wide variety of deadly umbrellas. Joe Otterson, Variety, 9 Mar. 2022 The monocle device will come in black or white, and two frames will be available at launch. Chris Smith, BGR, 14 Dec. 2021 Donald Pleasance steals the show as SPECTRE mastermind Ernest Blofeld, plotting to conquer the world from his volcano lair, with a monocle burned right into his face. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 2 Oct. 2021 With its top hat and monocle, Mallard is sort of reminiscent of season 2's Fox. Lauren Huff,, 11 Aug. 2021 The Sparks forward formed a circle with her thumb and forefinger, holding the loop over her eye like a monocle while flashing a wide smile. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021 Nabokov started to seem less like a lovable, bumbling Professor Pnin and more like a pitiless White Russian with a monocle and an ebony cigarette holder. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2020 See More

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

Medical Definition of monocle

: an eyeglass for one eye

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