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opera glasses

[op-er-uh glas-iz, glah-siz, op-ruh] /ˈɒp ər ə ˌglæs ɪz, ˌglɑ sɪz, ˈɒp rə/
plural noun
a small, low-power pair of binoculars for use at plays, concerts, and the like.
Often, opera glass.
Origin of opera glasses
First recorded in 1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for opera glasses
Historical Examples
  • opera glasses are of value to those sitting at a distance from the stage.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • In May it is the migrants which we should watch, and listen to, and “ogle” with our opera glasses.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe
  • You were in the theatre with your opera glasses, and did not take your eyes off her!

    Frederic Chopin, v. 1 (of 2) Moritz Karasowski
  • He wiped the lenses of his opera glasses and proceeded to roll a cigarette.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • If you doubt it, take your opera glasses, and “look on this picture, and on this.”

  • Birds in the field, field or opera glasses, and bird guides.

  • She could see her between the curtains, sweeping the house with her opera glasses.

    Manslaughter Alice Duer Miller
  • Raimundo was following her movements with a pair of opera glasses.

    Froth Armando Palacio Valds
  • So there was quite a large audience present with opera glasses.

    Remarks Bill Nye
  • Through their binoculars and opera glasses, they could see the boys very active about their camp across the lake.

    The Girls of Central High in Camp Gertrude W. Morrison
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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