lorgnette

lorgnette

[lawrn-yet]
noun
1.
a pair of eyeglasses mounted on a handle.
2.
a pair of opera glasses mounted on a handle.

Origin:
1795–1805; < French, derivative of lorgner to eye furtively; see -ette

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lorgnette (lɔːˈnjɛt)
 
n
a pair of spectacles or opera glasses mounted on a handle
 
[C19: from French, from lorgner to squint, from Old French lorgne squinting]

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lorgnette
"opera glass with a handle," 1803, from Fr. lorgner "to squint," also "to leer at, oogle" (16c.), from lorgne "squinting," of uncertain origin. With dim. suffix -ette.
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