- an eyeglass for one eye.
Origin of monocle
Examples from the Web for monocle
Her work has also appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Monocle magazine (UK) and The Globe and Mail.What the Chinese Heard
November 18, 2009
"Mr. Bellmer's an overgrown cherub with a monocle," I laughed.The Bacillus of Beauty
His monocle was in his eye, and it shone on Kenyon as he entered.A Woman Intervenes
He had a monocle screwed into one eye which made him look fierce and tough.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
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
- a lens for correcting defective vision of one eye, held in position by the facial muscles
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]