binocle

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French binocle, from Latin bi- (two) + oculus (eye).

Noun[edit]

binocle (plural binocles)

  1. A dioptric telescope, fitted with two tubes joining, so as to enable the viewing of an object with both eyes at once; a double-barrelled field glass or opera glass.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for binocle in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French binocle.

Noun[edit]

binocle m (plural binocles)

  1. opera glass
    • 1975, Louis Couperus, "De binocle", in De Revisor, 29 (first published in 1920).
      Reeds sloten enkele winkels in de Pragerstrasse en was het bedrijf gedaan en zag hij een opticien zijn bediende wijzen de luiken voor het raam te stellen, toen hij bedacht geen binocle te hebben.
  2. field glass (binoculars)

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(opera glass):

(field glass):


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin bi- (two) + oculus (eye)

Noun[edit]

binocle m (plural binocles)

  1. pince-nez
  2. lorgnette
  3. (in the plural only) spectacles, eyeglasses, specs

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