Definition of opera glasses in English:

opera glasses

(also opera glass)

Pronunciation /ˈäp(ə)rə ˌɡlasəz/ /ˈɑp(ə)rə ˌɡlæsəz/

plural noun

  • Small binoculars for use at the opera or theater.

    • ‘People brought binoculars and opera glasses to get a better look.’
    • ‘Petzval also perfected the telescope and designed the opera glasses.’
    • ‘Galileo's telescope was similar to a pair of opera glasses in that it used an arrangement of glass lenses to magnify objects.’
    • ‘Sometimes, when I had to be content with a seat at the back of the lecture theatre, I used a pair of opera glasses to get at least a glimpse of the speaker.’
    • ‘I emerged a minute later with a pair of binoculars and a pair of opera glasses.’
    • ‘From the early 1880s so-called ‘detective’ cameras were disguised as or hidden in parcels, opera glasses, bags, hats, walking-stick handles and many other forms.’
    • ‘Well, I know for a fact that this is untrue: the old girl merely sent over an old wig and a pair of inflatable waterwings and demanded that all opera glasses were removed from the auditorium.’
    • ‘There they found Morgan Murphy, a reserve catcher who rarely did any catching, sitting with a telegraph instrument, along with a pair of strong opera glasses that completed his equipment.’
    • ‘With good eyesight - though opera glasses would help - the sign can be made out from pretty much any of the 1,130 seats and the standing room at the back of the orchestra.’
    • ‘Laurie just hands her the pair of opera glasses.’
    • ‘Even though you are seeing a bunch of toys through plastic opera glasses and listening to puppet-master Weinstein do his full range of daft voices, this dramatic world begins to win you over.’
    • ‘The image of ladies and soft gentlemen sitting under parasols trading opera glasses back and forth all the better to see men die always leaves me nauseous.’
    • ‘Or - since both movies are based on short stories by Tagore - did Tagore like to put opera glasses in his heroines' hands?’
    • ‘But the North's culture vultures can leave the opera glasses at home.’
    • ‘Along with a ballpoint and opera glasses, they have become standard equipment for dance-going.’
    • ‘Audiences were advised to bring opera glasses to view the canvas, surveying the painting as if searching a vista.’
    • ‘Some even used opera glasses, to enhance the illusion that they were examining the details of a living world.’
    • ‘How much longer will it take him to put his opera glasses in the case?’
    • ‘It didn't attract any Christian protests although there were sometimes unseemly tussles in the stalls over opera glasses.’
    • ‘From the isolated vantage point of his room he uses an old pair of opera glasses to spy on a young woman across the street.’


opera glasses

/ˈäp(ə)rə ˌɡlasəz/ /ˈɑp(ə)rə ˌɡlæsəz/