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[mon-uh-kuh l]
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  1. an eyeglass for one eye.
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Origin of monocle

1855–60; < French, noun use of adj.: one-eyed < Late Latin monoculus, equivalent to mon- mon- + oculus eye
Related formsmon·o·cled, adjective
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Related Words for monocle

pince-nez, eyeglass, lorgnon

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Contemporary Examples of monocle

Historical Examples of monocle

  • "Mr. Bellmer's an overgrown cherub with a monocle," I laughed.

  • His monocle was in his eye, and it shone on Kenyon as he entered.

  • He had a monocle screwed into one eye which made him look fierce and tough.

  • He had a monocle in his right eye which he kept adjusting nervously.

    Secret Armies

    John L. Spivak

  • Educated in England, where he acquired his accent and the monocle habit.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for monocle


  1. a lens for correcting defective vision of one eye, held in position by the facial muscles
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Derived Formsmonocled, adjective

Word Origin for monocle

C19: from French, from Late Latin monoculus one-eyed, from mono- + oculus eye
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Word Origin and History for monocle


"single eyeglass," 1886, from French monocle, noun use of adjective monocle "one-eyed, blind in one eye" (13c.), from Late Latin monoculus "one-eyed," from Greek monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + Latin oculus "eye" (see eye (n.)).

That this, a hybrid, a Gallicism, and a word with no obvious meaning to the Englishman who hears it for the first time, should have ousted the entirely satisfactory eyeglass is a melancholy illustration of the popular taste in language. [Fowler]
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