pince–nez

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noun \paⁿs-ˈnā, pan(t)s-\

Definition of pince–nez

plural

pince–nez

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  1. :  eyeglasses clipped to the nose by a spring

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Origin and Etymology of pince–nez

French, from pincer to pinch + nez nose, from Latin nasus — more at nose


First Known Use: 1876


PINCE–NEZ Defined for English Language Learners

pince–nez

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noun \paⁿs-ˈnā, pan(t)s-\

Definition of pince–nez for English Language Learners

  • : a pair of old-fashioned eyeglasses that do not have pieces that fit over the ears and that are worn by being clipped onto the nose


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