glasses vs spectacles what difference

what is difference between glasses and spectacles

English

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡlæsɪz/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡlasɪz/, /ˈɡlɑːsɪz/
  • Rhymes: -ɑːsɪz

Noun

glasses

  1. plural of glass

glasses pl (plural only)

  1. Spectacles, frames bearing two lenses worn in front of the eyes.
  2. Field glasses; binoculars.

Usage notes

  • A sight-improving lens for a single eye is a monocle.
  • Though confusion is unlikely, clarity as to quantity is improved by using the expressions “a pair of glasses” (or “a pair of eyeglasses”) or “(however many) pairs of eyeglasses”.

Synonyms

  • (spectacles): eyeglasses (US), specs, bioptikon

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

glasses

  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of glass

See also

  • bifocals
  • contact lens
  • monocle
  • pince-nez
  • shades
  • varifocals

Further reading

  • glasses on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons

Anagrams

  • gasless, sagless

Middle English

Noun

glasses

  1. plural of glas


English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈspɛktəkl̩z/
  • Hyphenation: spec‧ta‧cles

Noun

spectacles pl (plural only)

  1. plural of spectacle
  2. (plural only, formal) A pair of lenses set in a frame worn on the nose and ears in order to correct deficiencies in eyesight or to ornament the face.
  3. (cricket) Synonym of pair (score of zero runs in both innings)

Derived terms

  • John Lennon spectacles
  • rose-tinted spectacles
  • specky (someone who wears spectacles)

Synonyms

  • eyeglasses (US), glasses, pair of eyeglasses (US), pair of glasses, pair of specs (colloquial), pair of spectacles, specs (colloquial)

Translations

Further reading

  • Spectacles on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

French

Noun

spectacles m

  1. plural of spectacle

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