Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Eyeglasses clipped to the bridge of the nose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. temple-less eyeglasses that clip to the bridge of the nose

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Eyeglasses kept on the nose by a spring.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Eyeglasses kept in place on the nose by a spring.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. spectacles clipped to the nose by a spring

Etymologies

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)
French pince-nez ‘pinch-nose’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • “Yes, what of them,” he asked, his kind eyes twinkling behind pince-nez glasses.

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  • “Five Points,” said Dobrogeanu, squinting through his pince-nez.

    The Curse of the Wendigo

  • Or maybe a small pince-nez or somethin 'like that?

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  • Now he was clearly visible: the feathery moustache, one lens of the pince-nez gleaming, the other not there.

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  • 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.”

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  • 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.

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • She peered over the steel rims of her pince-nez and, observing the wedding band, said, “Well then, Mrs.?”

    The Dressmaker

  • 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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  • They really pinch the nose.

    October 4, 2007