[French lawr-nyawn]

noun, plural lor·gnons [French lawr-nyawn] /French lɔrˈnyɔ̃/.

an eyeglass or a pair of eyeglasses.

Origin of lorgnon

1840–50; < French, equivalent to lorgn(er) (see lorgnette) + -on noun suffix
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Related Words for lorgnon

pince-nez, eyeglass, lorgnon

Examples from the Web for lorgnon

Historical Examples of lorgnon

  • "Well, you're a pretty girl," said Madame Beattie, dropping her lorgnon.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • Her lorgnon seemed to follow his every expression like a searchlight.

    The Man

    Bram Stoker

  • Inside a lady was sitting, and she looked at me through a lorgnon.

    A Young Girl's Diary

    An Anonymous Young Girl

  • She was reading a letter, holding her lorgnon up to her painted eyes.

    The Deluge

    David Graham Phillips

  • "I shall tell her, of course," said Mrs. Tresslyn, and lifted her lorgnon.

    From the Housetops

    George Barr McCutcheon

British Dictionary definitions for lorgnon



a monocle or pair of spectacles
another word for lorgnette

Word Origin for lorgnon

C19: from French, from lorgner; see lorgnette
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