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A pair of eyeglasses or opera glasses with a short handle.

[French, from lorgner, to peer at, from Old French, from lorgne, squinting, of Germanic origin.]


(Clothing & Fashion) a pair of spectacles or opera glasses mounted on a handle
[C19: from French, from lorgner to squint, from Old French lorgne squinting]



a pair of eyeglasses or opera glasses mounted on a handle.
[1795–1805; < French, derivative of lorgner to eye furtively, Middle French, derivative of lorgne squinting (of uncertain orig.); see -ette]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lorgnette - eyeglasses that are held to the eyes with a long handlelorgnette - eyeglasses that are held to the eyes with a long handle
eyeglasses, glasses, specs, spectacles - optical instrument consisting of a frame that holds a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision


[lɔːˈnjet] Nimpertinentes mpl


nLorgnette f
References in classic literature ?
"Something new, Edna?" exclaimed Miss Mayblunt, with lorgnette directed toward a magnificent cluster of diamonds that sparkled, that almost sputtered, in Edna's hair, just over the center of her forehead.
He also pinned several jeweled brooches to Jack Pumpkinhead's red waistcoat, and attached a lorgnette, by means of a fine chain, to the neck of the Saw-Horse.
"It's not going to be a ghost story?" said he, sitting down beside the princess and hastily adjusting his lorgnette, as if without this instrument he could not begin to speak.
Gardner lifted her lorgnette and gazed after their flying forms as if she had never seen cats before, and Anne, choking back slightly nervous laughter, apologized as best she could.
Of course, the SUPREMELY aristocratic thing is to be entirely oblivious of the mire of rabble, with its setting; but sometimes a reverse course may be aristocratic to remark, to scan, and even to gape at, the mob (for preference, through a lorgnette), even as though one were taking the crowd and its squalor for a sort of raree show which had been organised specially for a gentleman's diversion.
Just because he struts about in a frockcoat, and can ogle you through a gold-mounted lorgnette, the brute thinks that everything will fall into his hands--that you are bound to listen to his insulting condescension!
"All I call say is," continued the countess, taking up the lorgnette, and directing it toward the box in question, "that the gentleman, whose history I am unable to furnish, seems to me as though he had just been dug up; he looks more like a corpse permitted by some friendly grave-digger to quit his tomb for a while, and revisit this earth of ours, than anything human.
In the valley, near the Acropolis, (the square-topped hill before spoken of,) Athens itself could be vaguely made out with an ordinary lorgnette. Every body was anxious to get ashore and visit these classic localities as quickly as possible.
[Surveying the room through her lorgnette.] It looks quite the happy English home.
[Looking round through her lorgnette.] I don't see anybody here to-night whom one could possibly call a serious purpose.
Some of the lady rabbits carried lorgnettes, while many of the gentlemen rabbits wore monocles in their left eyes.
A lady looking at him through raised lorgnettes turned and whispered something with a smile to her companion - once before he had heard an audible titter from a little group of loiterers.