American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Eyeglasses clipped to the bridge of the nose.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Eyeglasses kept in place on the nose by a spring.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Eyeglasses kept on the nose by a spring.
- n. spectacles clipped to the nose by a spring
- French pince-nez ‘pinch-nose’. (Wiktionary)
- French : pincer, to pinch (from Old French pincier; see pinch) + nez, nose (from Latin nāsus; see nas- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“My book, in one of life's coincidences, will be presented in Madrid this coming May 21, the birthday of the poet with the round pince-nez and the aquiline nose.”
“Viggo was clearly unsettled by such close contact with Freud's personal artefacts, and affected some shivers of recognition as he pored over Freud's notebook which sits on his desk, a pair of fold-up pince-nez placed neatly beside it.”
““Yes, what of them,” he asked, his kind eyes twinkling behind pince-nez glasses.”
““Five Points,” said Dobrogeanu, squinting through his pince-nez.”
“Or maybe a small pince-nez or somethin 'like that?”
“Now he was clearly visible: the feathery moustache, one lens of the pince-nez gleaming, the other not there.”
“Looking grimly at the world through his pince-nez, he saw “incredible frivolity and selfishness” everywhere, except when he found himself “in a dark and sombre wood.””
“His long, dour face and prim pince-nez spectacles gave him a look of impenetrable rectitude, and the high starched collars and stovepipe hat in which he was frequently photographed suggested Edwardian formality.”
“She peered over the steel rims of her pince-nez and, observing the wedding band, said, “Well then, Mrs.?””
“He wore a long gray beard, a fez, and pince-nez glasses, and gave her a slightly puzzled smile as she approached.”
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