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[mon-uh-kuh l] /ˈmɒn ə kəl/
an eyeglass for one eye.
Origin of monocle
1855-60; < French, noun use of adj.: one-eyed < Late Latin monoculus, equivalent to mon- mon- + oculus eye
Related forms
monocled, adjective Unabridged
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  • Clad in a well-cut suit, white spats and the inevitable monocle dangling from his neck.
  • He wore impeccably tailored tweed suits and sometimes a monocle.
  • When some guy with a monocle burst through the back door.
  • And no more funky monocle attached to a helmet for a heads-up display.
  • Peanut is still spiffy with his monocle and cane, but he might be getting an update.
  • Take a silhouette of any creature and perfect it by adding a top hat, cane and perhaps a monocle.
  • Lang exchanged his monocle for thick-lensed spectacles.
  • They let buildings, escape routes, and potential enemy locations be marked in green on every soldier's monocle.
  • He is precise about sticking a monocle in his eye and also in getting into trouble at the psychological instant.
  • He stands poised at the forefront of his generation of writers, with the need to affect neither monocle or cane.
British Dictionary definitions for monocle


a lens for correcting defective vision of one eye, held in position by the facial muscles
Derived Forms
monocled, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Late Latin monoculus one-eyed, from mono- + oculus eye
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Word Origin and History for monocle

"single eyeglass," 1886, from French monocle, noun use of adjective monocle "one-eyed, blind in one eye" (13c.), from Late Latin monoculus "one-eyed," from Greek monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + Latin oculus "eye" (see eye (n.)).

That this, a hybrid, a Gallicism, and a word with no obvious meaning to the Englishman who hears it for the first time, should have ousted the entirely satisfactory eyeglass is a melancholy illustration of the popular taste in language. [Fowler]

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