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[choh-peen, chop-in] /tʃoʊˈpin, ˈtʃɒp ɪn/
a shoe having a thick sole, usually of cork, suggesting a short stilt, worn especially by women in 18th-century Europe after its introduction from Turkey.
Also, chopin.
Origin of chopine
1570-80; < Spanish chapín, equivalent to chap(a) (< Middle French chape chape) + -in -in1 Unabridged
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  • By-'r-lady, your ladyship is nearer to heaven than when I saw you last, by the altitude of a chopine.56 You are welcome.

    Hamlet William Shakespeare
  • One of the greatest follies ever introduced was the chopine, a sort of stilt which increased the height of the wearer.

    The Evolution of Fashion Florence Mary Gardiner
British Dictionary definitions for chopine


a sandal-like shoe on tall wooden or cork bases popular in the 18th century
Word Origin
C16: from Old Spanish chapín, probably imitative of the sound made by the shoe when walking
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