AskDefine | Define lorgnette

Dictionary Definition

lorgnette n : eyeglasses that are held to the eyes with a long handle

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. An opera glass
  2. elaborate double eyeglasses.


Extensive Definition

A lorgnette is a pair of spectacles with a handle, used to hold them in place, rather than fitting over the ears. They were invented by an Englishman named George Adams. The lorgnette was usually used as a piece of jewelry, rather than to enhance vision. Fashionable ladies usually preferred them to spectacles. These were very popular at masquerade parties and used often at the opera (becoming the model for today's fancier opera glasses). They were worn popularly in the 19th century.
lorgnette in Danish: Lorgnet
lorgnette in German: Lorgnon
lorgnette in Polish: Lorgnon
lorgnette in Swedish: Lornjett

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Polaroid glasses, bifocals, blinkers, cheaters, colored glasses, contact lens, dark glasses, divided spectacles, eyeglass, eyeglasses, glasses, goggles, granny glasses, harlequin glasses, horn-rimmed glasses, lorgnon, mini-specs, monocle, nippers, pair of glasses, peepers, quizzing glass, readers, reading glasses, shades, specs, spectacles, sun-specs, sunglasses, trifocals
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