Definition of lorgnette in English:
A pair of glasses or opera glasses held in front of a person’s eyes by a long handle at one side.
- She does not look at people, she regards them, as though quizzing them at a ball through a pair of lorgnettes.
- Beginning in the 1890s fashionable ladies wore lorgnettes on elegant occasions.
- Peering severely through her lorgnette at Everson she said ‘I'm afraid Colonel Everson that even men your age are in need of constant house-training‘.
early 19th century: from French, from lorgner 'to squint'.
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