having the frames or rims made of horn or tortoise shell, or plastic that simulates either of these: horn-rimmed glasses.

Origin of horn-rimmed

First recorded in 1890–95
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Contemporary Examples of horn-rimmed

  • You can almost see his wheels turning through his gold, horn-rimmed glasses.

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    'Breaking Bad' Kills It!

    Maria Elena Fernandez

    October 10, 2011

  • The heavy-set Somali man covered his face with a cloth, which was held in place by a pair of horn-rimmed spectacles.

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    America's Deadly Terror 'Pipeline'

    Eliza Griswold

    August 6, 2010

  • “All of these characteristics are part of American style,” explained Bolton, a dapper Brit in horn-rimmed glasses.

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    The Forgotten American Woman

    Kate Betts

    May 5, 2010

Historical Examples of horn-rimmed

  • The man was about forty, tanned and clean-shaven, with horn-rimmed glasses.

    The Blue Ghost Mystery

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • The lama mounted a pair of horn-rimmed spectacles of Chinese work.


    Rudyard Kipling

  • Quickly a plain-clothes man with horn-rimmed spectacles slipped in between her and the door.

  • The old priest adjusted his horn-rimmed spectacles on his nose and drew a chair close to the light.

    A Bride of the Plains

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • Then he settled his horn-rimmed pince-nez more firmly on his nose and felt in his waistcoat for a cigar.

    The Plastic Age

    Percy Marks