lorgnette

[ lawrn-yet ]
/ lɔrnˈyɛt /

noun

a pair of eyeglasses mounted on a handle.
a pair of opera glasses mounted on a handle.

Origin of lorgnette

1795–1805; < French, derivative of lorgner to eye furtively; see -ette
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lorgnette
/ (lɔːˈnjɛt) /

noun

a pair of spectacles or opera glasses mounted on a handle

Word Origin for lorgnette

C19: from French, from lorgner to squint, from Old French lorgne squinting
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