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pince-nez

[ pans-ney, pins-; French pans-ney ]
/ ˈpænsˌneɪ, ˈpɪns-; French pɛ̃sˈneɪ /
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noun, plural pince-nez [pans-neyz, pins-; French pans-ney]. /ˈpænsˌneɪz, ˈpɪns-; French pɛ̃sˈneɪ/.
a pair of glasses held on the face by a spring that grips the nose.
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Origin of pince-nez

1875–80; <French: literally, (it) pinches (the) nose
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British Dictionary definitions for pince-nez

pince-nez
/ (ˈpænsˌneɪ, ˈpɪns-, French pɛ̃sne) /

noun plural pince-nez
eyeglasses that are held in place only by means of a clip over the bridge of the nose

Word Origin for pince-nez

C19: French, literally: pinch-nose
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