any of several varieties of magnifying glasses, used by jewelers and watchmakers, of from 2 to 20 power and intended to fit in the eye socket, to be attached to spectacles, or to be held in the hand.

Origin of loupe

1905–10; < French, originally an imperfect gem, a mass of hot metal ≪ Germanic; see loop3, lob1
Can be confusedloop loupe
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Related Words for loupe

lens, eyeglass, loupe

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British Dictionary definitions for loupe



a magnifying glass used by jewellers, horologists, etc

Word Origin for loupe

C20: from French (formerly an imperfect precious stone), from Old French, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for loupe

"watchmaker's magnifier," 1909, from French loupe.

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loupe in Medicine




A small magnifying lens.
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