pince-nez

noun
\ paⁿs-ˈnā How to pronounce pince-nez (audio) , pan(t)s- \
plural pince-nez\ paⁿs-​ˈnā(z) How to pronounce pince-nez (audio) , pan(t)s-​ \

Definition of pince-nez

: eyeglasses clipped to the nose by a spring

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First Known Use of pince-nez

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pince-nez

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

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The first known use of pince-nez was in 1876

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“Pince-nez.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pince-nez. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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pince-nez

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pince-nez

: 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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