hand glass


a small mirror with a handle.

Origin of hand glass

First recorded in 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for hand glass

Historical Examples of hand glass

  • In the centre of this room a lady stood, who was looking in a hand-glass at her face.

    The Island Pharisees

    John Galsworthy

  • Madame took the hand-glass, and did not deny that she was eblouissante.

  • Remove as much of it as possible, and examine it with a hand-glass.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • She aged a twelvemonth between the hand-glass at the bottom and the bath-sheet on the top.


    Neil Munro

  • She propped the hand-glass upright against the crumpled head-kerchief.

    The Wolf Cub

    Patrick Casey

British Dictionary definitions for hand glass

hand glass


a magnifying glass with a handle
a small mirror with a handle
a small glazed frame for seedlings or plants
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