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chopine

[choh-peen, chop-in]
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noun
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for chopine

Historical Examples

  • 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

chopine

chopin (ˈtʃɒpɪn)

noun
  1. 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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