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opera glasses

or opera glass

plural noun
a small, low-power pair of binoculars for use at plays, concerts, and the like.
Origin of opera glasses
1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In the mirador, with opera-glasses to their eyes, they had been scanning the roads which led south and south-west from the city.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • This could not, of course, be seen without the use of a telescope or opera-glasses.

  • This construction is adapted to sporting, marine, and opera-glasses, as well as to field-glasses.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • He asked me what I called them, and I said in English, “opera-glasses.”

  • The boys, to their surprise, recognized him at once, as the rescuer of Frank's opera-glasses.

  • Now, what the devil is the Dutchman doing with a pair of opera-glasses!

    The Goose Girl Harold MacGrath
  • She again saw the opera-house, and a hundred, two hundred, five hundred opera-glasses obstinately fixed on her—on her alone.

    Parisian Points of View Ludovic Halvy
  • I am just on my way there to restore her opera-glasses which I ran away with last night.

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
  • She stood up behind the very last row of the chorus and—used her opera-glasses!

    Memoirs of an American Prima Donna Clara Louise Kellogg
  • opera-glasses were then in demand, and were brought to bear on the towers.

    Across India Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for opera-glasses

opera glasses

plural noun
small low-powered binoculars used by audiences in theatres and opera houses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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