Definition of lorgnette in English:


Line breaks: lor|gnette
Pronunciation: /lɔːˈnjɛt
(also lorgnettes)


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