glasses "spectacles," 1660s, from plural of GLASS (Cf. glass).

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  • glasses — Synonyms and related words: Polaroid glasses, bifocals, blinkers, cheaters, colored glasses, contact lens, dark glasses, divided spectacles, eyeglass, eyeglasses, goggles, granny glasses, harlequin glasses, horn rimmed glasses, lorgnette, lorgnon …   Moby Thesaurus

  • glasses — glass|es [ glasəz ] noun plural * an object that you wear in front of your eyes to help you see better. You usually get your glasses from an optometrist: Where are my glasses? put on (your) glasses: He put on his reading glasses. a pair of… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • glasses */ — UK [ˈɡlɑːsɪz] / US [ˈɡlɑsəz] noun [plural] an object that you wear in front of your eyes to help you see better. You usually get your glasses from an optician Where are my glasses? wear glasses: Most children hate having to wear glasses. put on… …   English dictionary

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