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 monocle (audio) \ adjective

Examples of monocle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Nabokov, Steinberg, and Me," 7 Dec. 2020 Like his English contemporary Max Beerbohm, the French Max was also a dandy, one who sported a monocle, favored pink shirts and carried a walking stick. Washington Post, "Who was Max Jacob? A poet, friend of Picasso and, a new biography shows, a man who defied easy labels," 21 Oct. 2020 Deb Amlen is putting the finishing touches on her (adjusts monocle, takes momentous pause) Smithsonian presentation, which takes place on March 5. Caitlin Lovinger, New York Times, "Give Out Cash Freely," 27 Feb. 2020 Designed by a schoolboy in a 1916 contest, Mr. Peanut—with his trademark monocle, top hat and cane—has been one of the most esteemed mascots in history, even appearing in a World War I poster produced by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "If Mr. Peanut Has to Go, Why Does the Gecko Get to Live?," 31 Jan. 2020 The internet was rocked today by the tragic (and Super Bowl ad-induced) death of Mr. Peanut, who served as the monocle-wearing mascot of Planters Peanuts since 1916. Kristen Baldwin,, "5 other food mascots that need to die now that we finally killed Mr. Peanut," 23 Jan. 2020 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

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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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“Monocle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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