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.
The Mate picked him up out of the scuppers and we dried his clothes over the boilers, but the monocle was never seen again.
Yet he appeared not to see, for his fingers fumbled on his waistcoat for the monocle—fumbled—vaguely, helplessly.
Walderhurst fixed his monocle firmly to conceal the fact that he was verging upon a cynical grin.Emily Fox-Seton|Frances Hodgson Burnett
Under the friendly but heavy stroke the monocle shot from Charley's eye the length of the string.
Saying this, he tapped Jim playfully with his monocle, and the latter reluctantly smiled.Baseball Joe, Captain of the Team|Lester Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for monocle
Word Origin for monocle
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]