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sunglasses

[suhn-glas-iz, -glah-siz]
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plural noun
  1. eyeglasses with colored or tinted lenses that protect the eyes from the glare of sunlight.
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Origin of sunglasses

1800–10; sun + glasses

sunglass

1
[suhn-glas, -glahs]
noun
  1. burning glass.
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Origin of sunglass

1
First recorded in 1800–10; sun + glass
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Related Words for sunglasses

sunglasses, specs, glasses, monocle, contacts, pince-nez, shades, blinkers, goggles, lorgnette, bifocals, spectacles

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British Dictionary definitions for sunglasses

sunglasses

pl n
  1. glasses with darkened or polarizing lenses that protect the eyes from the sun's glare
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sunglass

noun
  1. a convex lens used to focus the sun's rays and thus produce heat or ignition; burning glass
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Word Origin and History for sunglasses

n.

1917, from sun (n.) + glasses. Earlier sunglass (1804) meant a burning glass.

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