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opera glasses

[ op-er-uh glas-iz, glah-siz, op-ruh ]
/ ˈɒp ər ə ˌglæs ɪz, ˌglɑ sɪz, ˈɒp rə /
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plural noun

a small, low-power pair of binoculars for use at plays, concerts, and the like.

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RELATED WORDS

binoculars, lorgnette, pince-nez

Nearby words

oper., opera, opera buffa, opera cloak, opera glass, opera glasses, opera hat, opera house, opera seria, opera window, operable
Often opera glass.

Origin of opera glasses

First recorded in 1730–40
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opera glasses


pl n

small low-powered binoculars used by audiences in theatres and opera houses
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