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From Middle French, French œillade.



oeillade (plural oeillades)

  1. (literary) A glance, especially an amorous one; an ogle
    • 1608, William Shakespeare, King Lear, IV.4:
      I know your Lady do's not loue her Husband, / I am sure of that: and at her late being heere, / She gaue strange Eliads, and most speaking lookes / To Noble Edmund.
    • 1984, Anthony Burgess, Enderby's Dark Lady:
      ‘My, my,’ she said, with an oeillade meant to be comic.
    • 1999, Michael Billington, The Guardian, 4 Sep 1999:
      But the shifting moral tone is perfectly caught in Helen McCrory's polymorphous Phocion, who is mischievously aware of her sexual power and switches from macho snarls when seducing a woman to flirty oeillades when playing with a man.




oeillade f (plural oeillades)

  1. Nonstandard spelling of œillade.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The œ ligature is often replaced in contemporary French with oe (the œ character does not appear on AZERTY keyboards), but this is nonstandard.

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