pince-nez


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pince-nez

 (păns′nā′, pĭns′-)
n. pl. pince-nez (-nāz′, -nā′)
Eyeglasses that are worn on the bridge of the nose without supports that go over the ears.

[French : pincer, to pinch (from Old French pincier; see pinch) + nez, nose (from Latin nāsus; see nas- in Indo-European roots).]

pince-nez

(ˈpænsˌneɪ; ˈpɪns-; French pɛ̃sne)
n, pl pince-nez
(Medicine) eyeglasses that are held in place only by means of a clip over the bridge of the nose
[C19: French, literally: pinch-nose]

pince-nez

(ˈpænsˌneɪ, ˈpɪns-; Fr. pɛ̃sˈneɪ)

n., pl. pince-nez (ˈpænsˌneɪz, ˈpɪns-; Fr. pɛ̃sˈneɪ)
a pair of glasses held on the face by a spring that grips the nose.
[1875–80; < French: literally, (it) pinches (the) nose]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pince-nez - spectacles clipped to the nose by a springpince-nez - spectacles clipped to the nose by a spring
eyeglasses, glasses, specs, spectacles - optical instrument consisting of a frame that holds a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision
Translations

pince-nez

[ˈpɛːnsneɪ] NPLquevedos mpl

pince-nez

nKneifer m, → Pincenez nt (old)

pince-nez

[ˈpænsˌneɪ] npince-nez m inv
References in classic literature ?
Lvov, in a house coat with a belt and in chamois leather shoes, was sitting in an armchair, and with a pince-nez with blue glasses he was reading a book that stood on a reading desk, while in his beautiful hand he held a half-burned cigarette daintily away from him.
A thin, dark young man, wearing a pince-nez and smoking a cigarette, looked up from his writing as she entered.
He was a man, apparently of middle age, of middle height, clean-shaven, with good but undistinguished features, dark eyes, very clear and very bright, which showed, indeed, but little need of the pince-nez which hung by a thin black cord from his neck.
His great convex pince-nez - I saw it, I recognised the kind - is for his poor ruined sight.
It was a very long gold pin, and had the carved head of a monkey or some such thing," continued the cleric; "and it was fixed in a rather odd way--he wore pince-nez and a broad black--"
He was slowly and lovingly unfolding the Times preparatory to the long read which led up to luncheon, and had even got so far as to fasten his golden pince-nez on to his thin, high-bridged nose, when he heard a crunching of gravel, and, looking over the top of his paper, saw Mrs.
He unfolded it and disclosed a golden pince-nez, with two broken ends of black silk cord dangling from the end of it.
As he touched her, his gold pince-nez became dislodged and was flattened between them.
He wore gold-rimmed pince-nez, and had a curious impassivity of feature.
Herr Liesecke, too, looked as if wild horses could not make him inattentive; there were lines across his forehead, his lips were parted, his pince-nez at right angles to his nose, and he had laid a thick, white hand on either knee.
He put on a black-framed pince-nez upon a blunt and shapeless nose, and seemed struck by Mr Verloc's appearance.
I then glanced at her face, and, observing the dint of a pince-nez at either side of her nose, I ventured a remark upon short sight and typewriting, which seemed to surprise her.