reading glasses

plural noun

Definition of reading glasses

: eyeglasses used for reading or close work … each button on the phone has one large number and three tiny letters squeezed about it so you have to squint real hard, especially if you don't have your reading glasses on.— Dennis Baron

First Known Use of reading glasses

1853, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About reading glasses

Time Traveler for reading glasses

Time Traveler

The first known use of reading glasses was in 1853

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near reading glasses

reading glass

reading glasses

reading man

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for reading glasses

Cite this Entry

“Reading glasses.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reading%20glasses. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!