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sunglasses

[suhn-glas-iz, -glah-siz] /ˈsʌnˌglæs ɪz, -ˌglɑ sɪz/
plural noun
1.
eyeglasses with colored or tinted lenses that protect the eyes from the glare of sunlight.
Origin of sunglasses
1800-1810
1800-10; sun + glasses

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[suhn-glas, -glahs] /ˈsʌnˌglæs, -ˌglɑs/
noun
Origin
First recorded in 1800-10; sun + glass
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Examples from the Web for sunglasses
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  • We wore the silk scarf, sunglasses and rakish hat with a leather Jacket.

  • Rations for the night we would spend in the pass, our few remaining blankets, ropes, sunglasses.

    The Planet Savers Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • It was a girl whose face was sharp and rodent-like, half-hidden by a giant pair of sunglasses.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • No, he didn't have sunglasses on because it was so late in the evening, just about dark.

    Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • He had glasses, because he took them off and put them back on before he left, and they were not sunglasses.

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for sunglasses

sunglasses

/ˈsʌnˌɡlɑːsɪz/
plural noun
1.
glasses with darkened or polarizing lenses that protect the eyes from the sun's glare

sunglass

/ˈsʌnˌɡlɑːs/
noun
1.
a convex lens used to focus the sun's rays and thus produce heat or ignition; burning glass
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Word Origin and History for sunglasses
n.

1917, from sun (n.) + glasses. Earlier sunglass (1804) meant a burning glass.

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