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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
Historical Examples
  • Its lorgnette eyes, like those of a lobster, were quite independent of each other.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • 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
  • Mrs. Evringham put up her lorgnette as she greeted the child.

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

    The Lost Art of Reading Gerald Stanley Lee
  • The Calabrian raised what she considered her most deadly weapon, her lorgnette.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • From the moment when they entered their box every lorgnette was fixed upon them.

    Much Darker Days Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
  • "You, Priscilla, are rooming with—" She adjusted her lorgnette and consulted a large chart.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • My brother and I invented a lorgnette, and the young men have taken it from us.'

  • The lady took down her lorgnette and raised an appealing face.

  • The lorgnette in use is shown in the photograph, "Playing lady."

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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