pince-nez

noun \ paⁿs-ˈnā , pan(t)s- \

Definition of pince-nez

plural pince-nez play \paⁿs-ˈnā(z), pan(t)s-\
: eyeglasses clipped to the nose by a spring

Illustration of pince-nez

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Origin and Etymology of pince-nez

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


PINCE-NEZ Defined for English Language Learners

pince-nez

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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