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[mon-uh-kuh l] /ˈmɒn ə kəl/
an eyeglass for one eye.
Origin of monocle
1855-60; < French, noun use of adj.: one-eyed < Late Latin monoculus, equivalent to mon- mon- + oculus eye
Related forms
monocled, adjective Unabridged
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  • Not imagination; this one was the veddy veddy correct, monocled type.

    Checklist Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Her head was graciously inclined towards the monocled youth who stood nearest her.

    The House by the Lock C. N. Williamson
  • As Flint looked at Winifred, he felt an absurd jealousy of the monocled Englishman who presumed to show his admiration so plainly.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • It was upon that vision known to earth as Amanthus this monocled, British, chinless person was gazing.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • At one time, I suppose, Duncan would have called his monocled captain out.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for monocled


a lens for correcting defective vision of one eye, held in position by the facial muscles
Derived Forms
monocled, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Late Latin monoculus one-eyed, from mono- + oculus eye
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Word Origin and History for monocled



"single eyeglass," 1886, from French monocle, noun use of adjective monocle "one-eyed, blind in one eye" (13c.), from Late Latin monoculus "one-eyed," from Greek monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + Latin oculus "eye" (see eye (n.)).

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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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