Etymology
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spectacles (n.)

"glass lenses to help a person's sight," early 15c., from plural of spectacle. Earlier in singular form (late 14c.).

updated on November 05, 2013

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Definitions of spectacles from WordNet

spectacles (n.)
(plural) optical instrument consisting of a frame that holds a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision;
Synonyms: specs / eyeglasses / glasses
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