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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. 2017.
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  • As he folded the telegram and put it into his pocket, he observed the man with the opera glasses over the way.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • opera glasses are of value to those sitting at a distance from the stage.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • All the audience look at Mr. Harding, some with opera glasses, others with eyeglasses on sticks.

    Behind the Beyond Stephen Leacock
  • 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
  • Many passengers with opera glasses could be seen curiously studying the construction and appointments of the false Union war ship.

  • He wiped the lenses of his opera glasses and proceeded to roll a cigarette.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • 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
  • She could see her between the curtains, sweeping the house with her opera glasses.

    Manslaughter Alice Duer Miller
  • For this reason many operators have opera glasses through which they view their pictures.

  • So there was quite a large audience present with opera glasses.

    Remarks Bill Nye
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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