pince nez

pince-nez

[pans-ney, pins-; French pans-ney]
noun, plural pince-nez [pans-neyz, pins-; French pans-ney] .
a pair of glasses held on the face by a spring that grips the nose.

Origin:
1875–80; < French: literally, (it) pinches (the) nose

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pince-nez (ˈpænsˌneɪ, ˈpɪns-, French pɛ̃sne)
 
n , pl pince-nez
eyeglasses that are held in place only by means of a clip over the bridge of the nose
 
[C19: French, literally: pinch-nose]

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pince-nez
folding eyeglasses, 1876, from Fr., lit. "pinch-nose," from pincer "to pinch" + nez "nose."
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