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lorgnon

[French lawr-nyawn]
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noun, plural lor·gnons [French lawr-nyawn] /French lɔrˈnyɔ̃/.
  1. an eyeglass or a pair of eyeglasses.
  2. opera glasses.
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Origin of lorgnon

1840–50; < French, equivalent to lorgn(er) (see lorgnette) + -on noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for lorgnon

Historical Examples

  • "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

lorgnon

noun
  1. a monocle or pair of spectacles
  2. another word for lorgnette
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from lorgner; see lorgnette
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