Definition of lorgnette in English:


Syllabification: lor·gnette
Pronunciation: /lôrnˈyet
(also lorgnettes)


A pair of glasses or opera glasses held in front of a person’s eyes by a long handle at one side.
More example sentences
  • 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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