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lorgnette

[lawrn-yet] /lɔrnˈyɛt/
noun
1.
a pair of eyeglasses mounted on a handle.
2.
a pair of opera glasses mounted on a handle.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < French, derivative of lorgner to eye furtively; see -ette
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lorgnette

/lɔːˈnjɛt/
noun
1.
a pair of spectacles or opera glasses mounted on a handle
Word Origin
C19: from French, from lorgner to squint, from Old French lorgne squinting
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Word Origin and History for lorgnette
n.

"opera glass with a handle," 1803 (from 1776 as a French word in English), from French lorgnette, from lorgner "to squint," also "to leer at, oogle" (16c.), from lorgne "squinting," of uncertain origin. With diminutive suffix -ette. Cf. also French lorgnon "eyeglass, eyeglasses."

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