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  1. 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.
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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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Historical Examples

  • This last word is represented in French by loupe, from which it is probably adapted.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 8


  • When your dog howled they thought him the Loupe Garoe who, so they believe, is half wolf and half man.

    The Rope of Gold

    Roy J. Snell

  • Mayor Loupe introduced the President, who made one of his briefest speeches.

  • The workman proceeds in this way, till he has melted enough of metal to form a loupe.

British Dictionary definitions for loupe


  1. a magnifying glass used by jewellers, horologists, etc
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Word Origin

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


  1. A small magnifying lens.
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