pince-nez (pănsnā, pĭns-)
n. pl. pince-nez (-nāz, -nā)
Eyeglasses that are worn on the bridge of the nose without supports that go over the ears.
[French : pincer, to pinch (from Old French pincier; see PINCH) + nez, nose (from Latin nāsus; see nas- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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