- a pair of eyeglasses mounted on a handle.
- a pair of opera glasses mounted on a handle.
Origin of lorgnette
Examples from the Web for lorgnette
Its lorgnette eyes, like those of a lobster, were quite independent of each other.My Double Life
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
- a pair of spectacles or opera glasses mounted on a handle
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."