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opera glasses

[op-er-uh glas-iz, glah-siz, op-ruh]
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plural noun
  1. a small, low-power pair of binoculars for use at plays, concerts, and the like.
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Often opera glass.

Origin of opera glasses

First recorded in 1730–40
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Examples from the Web for opera glasses

Historical Examples

  • Maria gave her the opera-glasses and she raised them to scan the house.

    Olive in Italy

    Moray Dalton

  • Have you got the opera-glasses and the peppermints and the programme, darling?

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • The opera-glasses like Betty's were what she had wished for all year.

  • This could not, of course, be seen without the use of a telescope or opera-glasses.

  • They wont let us sleep in the theatre, Im sure; not after the opera-glasses have been put away.

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern


British Dictionary definitions for opera glasses

opera glasses

pl n
  1. small low-powered binoculars used by audiences in theatres and opera houses
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