One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A single eyeglass, kept in position by the muscles around the eye.
eyeglass, glassView synonyms
- ‘How many Internet users actively wear monocles?’
- ‘Players must wear at least two additional accessories along with their regular uniform, options include top hats, monocles, scarves, berets, tool belts, leather jackets, and spurs.’
- ‘People were wearing, not just pince-nez, but monocles.’
- ‘Finally, out of its leather pouch came his monocle - a plain lens in a rolled gold double rim.’
- ‘A brown derby covered his white hair, and a monocle covered his eye.’
- ‘His eyes were a raven black and one eye wore a monocle that was positioned across his nose.’
- ‘And Franz looked at me, peered at me through his monocle, and said, ‘Very well.’’
- ‘A Dutch planter comes to mind, with knee-high boots and a monocle.’
- ‘Even the characters who aren't wearing monocles look as if they should be.’
- ‘Its glassy surface gently scintillating with a myriad of colours, the monocle seemed to hold unfathomable power within its relatively small size.’
- ‘Later in Hollywood he was advised by American friends to replace the monocle with glasses for job interviews.’
- ‘The powdered wigs and monocles glimmered as I made a smile upon my face, nodding as the finest wealth of the continent graciously accepted what the cart had to offer.’
- ‘When I went back there I found the monocle in one of his drawers.’
- ‘Fumbling with a glass of champagne, his monocle popped out and dangled in the drink.’
- ‘To let us know that he's sophisticated and wicked, Fred has a monocle and cigarette holder to go along with his white tie and tails.’
- ‘To one side of her a young boy in overalls sucked on his ticket, to the other a plump man frowned through a monocle at a pocket watch chained to his vest.’
- ‘It suddenly struck me that without the monocle, he would look very much like the statue of David by Michelangelo.’
- ‘I noticed that his face had turned red and he disguised it by taking off his monocle and cleaning off imaginary dust from it.’
- ‘The knight was now looking around through a single monocle at all the boys passing by, sizing one up for a leader.’
- ‘He adjusted the monocle and focused it on the large sparkling stone.’
Mid 19th century: from French (earlier in the sense ‘one-eyed’), from late Latin monoculus ‘one-eyed’.
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