Definition of pince-nez noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌpæ̃s ˈneɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpæ̃s ˈneɪ//
(pl. pince-nez) (from French)
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a pair of glasses, worn in the past, with a spring that fits on the nose, instead of parts at the sides that fit over the ears Word Origin late 19th cent.: from French, literally ‘(that) pinches (the) nose’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pince-nez