eyeglasses that are held to the eyes with an extended handle
- An opera cup
- sophisticated two fold eyeglasses.
"opera glass with a handle," 1803 (from 1776 as a French term in English), from French lorgnette, from lorgner "to squint," also "to leer at, oogle" (16c.), from lorgne "squinting," of uncertain origin. With diminutive suffix -ette. Compare also French lorgnon "eyeglass, glasses."
(letter.) An opera cup
- (letter.) elaborate two fold glasses.
The Emperor, surrounded by his suite of officers and courtiers, was riding a bobtailed chestnut mare, a different one from that which he had ridden at the review, and bending to one side he gracefully held a gold lorgnette to his eyes and looked at a soldier who lay prone, with blood on his uncovered head.