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champagne

[sham-peyn]
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noun
  1. (initial capital letter) the sparkling, dry, white table wine from the region of Champagne in France.
  2. a similar sparkling wine produced elsewhere.
  3. (formerly) the nonsparkling, dry, white table wine produced in the region of Champagne in France.
  4. a very pale yellow or greenish-yellow color.
  5. anything considered the best or luxurious.
adjective
  1. having the color of champagne.
  2. luxurious or expensive: champagne tastes.

Origin of champagne

First recorded in 1655–65; after Champagne
Can be confusedchampagne champaign

Champagne

[sham-peyn; French shahn-pan-yuh]
noun
  1. a region and former province in NE France.
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British Dictionary definitions for champagne

champagne

noun
  1. (sometimes capital) a white sparkling wine produced around Reims and Epernay, France
  2. (loosely) any effervescent white wine
    1. a colour varying from a pale orange-yellow to a greyish-yellow
    2. (as adjective)a champagne carpet
  3. (modifier) denoting a luxurious lifestylea champagne capitalist

Word Origin

from Champagne, a region of NE France
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for champagne

n.

1660s, from French, short for vin de Champagne "wine made in Champagne," former province in northwest France, literally "open country" (see campaign (n.)). Originally any wine from this region, focused to the modern meaning late 18c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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