Spectacles are eyeglasses. People wear spectacles because their vision is flawed.

Spectacles is an old-fashioned word, but it means something you probably see — and maybe even use — every day: eyeglasses. People who have defective vision need spectacles to see properly. Spectacles have two main parts: the lenses and the frames that hold the lenses. An ophthalmologist (eye doctor) can test your eyes and see if you need spectacles. You can also call spectacles glasses or specs.

Definitions of spectacles

n optical instrument consisting of a frame that holds a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision

eyeglasses, glasses, specs
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eyeglasses having two focal lengths, one for near vision and the other for far vision
tight-fitting spectacles worn to protect the eyes
eyeglasses that are held to the eyes with a long handle
spectacles clipped to the nose by a spring
dark glasses, shades, sunglasses
spectacles that are darkened or polarized to protect the eyes from the glare of the sun
Type of:
optical instrument
an instrument designed to aid vision

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