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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A pair of eyeglasses held in place by a spring that grips the nose.
From French pince-nez, literally, pinch-nose. Ultimately from the Indo-European root nas- (nose) that is also the source of other words for nose: English nose, Hindi nak, Spanish nariz, French nez, and related words nuzzle, nostril, nasal, and nark. Earliest documented use: 1866.
We may now wonder why someone didn't think of the obvious solution of adding side arms sooner, but hindsight is 20/20. Pince-nez were an improvement over what they used before: lorgnettes.
"Edward Weston had pince-nez on a cord around his neck and would peer at her through the lenses of the glasses."
Matt Schudel; Charis Wilson, Model and Muse; The Washington Post; Nov 25, 2009.
See more usage examples of pince-nez in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of. -Blaise Pascal, philosopher and mathematician (1623-1662)
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