monocles

monocle

[mon-uh-kuhl]
noun
an eyeglass for one eye.

Origin:
1855–60; < French, noun use of adj.: one-eyed < Late Latin monoculus, equivalent to mon- mon- + oculus eye

monocled, adjective
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monocle (ˈmɒnəkəl)
 
n
a lens for correcting defective vision of one eye, held in position by the facial muscles
 
[C19: from French, from Late Latin monoculus one-eyed, from mono- + oculus eye]
 
'monocled
 
adj

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monocle
1886, "single eyeglass," from Fr. monocle, from L.L. monoculus "one-eyed," from Gk. monos "single, alone" + L. oculus "eye" (see eye).
"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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