American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pair of eyeglasses or opera glasses with a short handle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An opera-glass.
- n. A lorgnon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An opera glass. elaborate double eyeglasses.
- n. eyeglasses that are held to the eyes with a long handle
- French lorgner ("to take a sidelong look at") (from Middle French lorgne ("crosseyed")) + -ette (Wiktionary)
- French, from lorgner, to peer at, from Old French, from lorgne, squinting, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Behind the lorgnette was a large and frowning dowager, who followed up the glare with a loud "Shhh!”
“lorgnette" that had been handed to them was a new invention of Thomas A. Edison.”
“Lalique's flora and fauna are everywhere—nude feminine figures with insect wings on a necklace, a lizard lorgnette, an ivy and clover hatpin, swans here, wheat sheaves there, a pair of white peacocks with multicolor tails standing on a heart-shaped citrine.”
““The funny mistress of five or six accents,” Jane regaled them all with the story of her dinner party, successively taking the part of a lecherous old Oxonian who was trying to pinch her bottom, a drunk Ceylonese official, and a dry old colonial widow with a lorgnette.”
“A woman behind me taps me on the shoulder with her lorgnette—out of tempo, by the way—and my new friend and I break it off as the curtain comes up.”
“Sotheby 's (Nov. 14) will lead its sale with jeweled pieces made for the Chinese and Turkish markets in the 18th-19th century, including a rare gold, enamel diamond and pearl-set lorgnette watch circa 1810 (estimate: 150,000 francs-200,000 francs).”
“This was a person … of a particular kind, no longer young … with rather long, still thick, dark hair, slightly streaked with grey and a pointed beard … He had no watch, but he had a tortoiseshell lorgnette on a black ribbon.”
“I think she thought that Joan would look at her through a lorgnette, and that Stenning would wear a morning-coat and talk about the League.”
“Moreover, it was holding a small metallic rod rather like a lorgnette against one eye.”
“This haunting imaginary portrait of a bust-length mustachioed bravo topped with a fanciful green hat and caparisoned in a black-patterned red cloak and white ruff is dominated by one coal-black eye thickly encircled in poker-hot orange, which juts downward like the handle of a lorgnette.”
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