pince-nez

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English[edit]

pince-nez

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French pince-nez (literally pinch-nose).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pænsˈneɪ/, /pæ̃sˈneɪ/

Noun[edit]

pince-nez (plural pince-nez)

  1. temple-less eyeglasses that clip to the bridge of the nose
    • 1919, P. G. Wodehouse, chapter 15, in A Damsel in Distress:
      Lord Belpher, leaning against the wall and trying to decide whether his right or left foot hurt him the more excruciatingly, became aware that a curate was standing before him, regarding him through a pair of gold-rimmed pince-nez with a disapproving and hostile expression.
    • Furst, Alan 2000 Kingdom of Shadows, p170:
      Shabet took a pince-nez from his breast pocket and settled it on the bridge of his nose.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɛ̃s.ne/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

pince-nez m (plural pince-nez)

  1. (dated, literary) pince-nez
  2. noseclip

Descendants[edit]

  • Catalan: pinçanàs (calque)
  • Russian: пенсне́ n (pensnɛ́)
  • Swedish: pincené c

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from French pince-nez.

Noun[edit]

pince-nez n (plural pince-nez-uri)

  1. pince-nez

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