opera glass

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

opera glass (plural opera glasses)

  1. A pair of small low-powered binoculars for use at a theatrical performance.
    • 1844, Edgar Allen Poe, "The Spectacles"
      Talbot," I said, " you have an opera glass. Let me have it." "An opera glass ! — no ! — what do you suppose I would be doing with an opera glass ?

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used in plural form to indicate a single pair of binoculars.