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[lawrn-yet] /lɔrnˈyɛt/
a pair of eyeglasses mounted on a handle.
a pair of opera glasses mounted on a handle.
Origin of lorgnette
1795-1805; < French, derivative of lorgner to eye furtively; see -ette Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lorgnette
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  • They drew every lorgnette and every eye in the house upon her.

  • Most of them are fairly hostile to genius or look at it with a lorgnette.

    The Lost Art of Reading Gerald Stanley Lee
  • A personage clothed entirely in brown holland, against which appeared the black cord of a lorgnette, was interviewing the servant.

    Wagner at Home Judith Gautier
  • In the morning, when I awake, I sit by my window and direct my lorgnette at her balcony.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • "You, Priscilla, are rooming with—" She adjusted her lorgnette and consulted a large chart.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • The lorgnette in use is shown in the photograph, "Playing lady."

  • Lady Hilda peered around John's room through her lorgnette, and did not hesitate to express her dissatisfaction.

    The Hillman E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • She lifted the lorgnette and stared at her companion in speechless anger.

    A Lost Cause Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • She had no lorgnette, and she did not look me over superciliously.

    Sunny Slopes Ethel Hueston
  • Miss Stuart, with her lorgnette, was making a survey of the church.

British Dictionary definitions for lorgnette


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

"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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