Definition of pince-nez in English:


Syllabification: pince-nez
Pronunciation: /ˈpansˌnā, ˈpins


[treated as singular or plural]
A pair of eyeglasses with a nose clip instead of earpieces.
More example sentences
  • The woman looks barely older than a sixth-former, with her hair styled sharply over to one side and a pair of pince-nez perched on her nose.
  • For her part, Eliss found Ciaran dusty and hidebound, carrying as he did a clipboard, a stylus and a pair of pince-nez on a steel chain.
  • She adjusts the pince-nez on her nose and sighs.


late 19th century: from French, literally '(that) pinches (the) nose'.

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