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pantofle

or pan·tof·fle

[pan-tuh-fuh l, pan-tof-uh l, -toh-fuh l, -too-]
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noun
  1. a slipper.
  2. a cork-soled patten covering the forepart of the foot, worn in the 16th century.

Origin of pantofle

1485–95; earlier pantufle < Middle French pantoufle < Old Italian pantofola < Medieval Greek pantóphellos cork shoe, literally, all-cork. See panto-, phellogen
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Historical Examples

  • An harlot is like a pantofle or slipper at an inne, which is ready to serve for every foote that comes.

    Diary of John Manningham

    John Manningham


British Dictionary definitions for pantofle

pantofle

pantoffle pantoufle (pænˈtuːfəl)

noun
  1. archaic a kind of slipper

Word Origin

C15: from French pantoufle, from Old Italian pantofola, perhaps from Medieval Greek pantophellos shoe made of cork, from panto- + phellos cork
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