opera glass

noun

Definition of opera glass 

: a small low-power binocular without prisms for use at the opera or theater often used in plural

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The magenta curtains were elegantly poised as if concertgoers were attending a proper theatrical performance begging to be seen through opera glasses. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "P!nk Sings 'Just a Girl' With Gwen Stefani & 6 More Highlights From LA Concert," 1 June 2018 Also among the Annenberg show’s 440 images is an 1839 self-portrait by Robert Cornelius, who built a camera with a box and lens from a pair of opera glasses to create an early selfie. Steve Appleford, latimes.com, "From 14 million photos in the Library of Congress, she chose 440 to tell the story of America," 18 May 2018 Each reached inside their jackets — Key for a pair of opera glasses to hurl at the advancing lawmaker, and Sickles for a Derringer. Robert Mitchell, Washington Post, "‘Temporarily insane’: A congressman, a sensational killing and a new legal defense," 3 Mar. 2018 The downside to that basic, spy-in-the-stands technique is that the risk of discovery is high; opera glasses are pretty well-camouflaged at the opera but tend to stick out in the grandstand. Steven Goldman, Slate Magazine, "Let’s marvel at the deep stupidity of the Red Sox’s sign-stealing scheme.," 7 Sep. 2017 Contemporary guidebooks warned European tourists against sharing their opera glasses with Egyptians, implying that the simple act of borrowing binoculars could result in disease. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, "How an Alcohol-Hating English Preacher Founded Global Tourism," 24 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of opera glass

1738, in the meaning defined above

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