pince-nez

[ pans-ney, pins-; French pans-ney ]
/ ˈpænsˌneɪ, ˈpɪns-; French pɛ̃sˈneɪ /

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.

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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Word Origin and History for pince-nez

pince-nez


n.

folding eyeglasses, 1876, French, literally "pinch-nose," from pincer "to pinch" (see pinch (v.)) + nez "nose" (see nose (n.)).

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