[ sham-peyn ]
/ ʃæmˈpeɪn /



having the color of champagne.
luxurious or expensive: champagne tastes.

Nearby words

  1. chamotte,
  2. champ,
  3. champ at the bit,
  4. champac,
  5. champaca,
  6. champagne socialist,
  7. champagne-ardenne,
  8. champaign,
  9. champaigne,
  10. champers

Origin of champagne

First recorded in 1655–65; after Champagne

Can be confusedchampagne champaign


[ sham-peyn; French shahn-pan-yuh ]
/ ʃæmˈpeɪn; French ʃɑ̃ˈpan yə /


a region and former province in NE France. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for champagne


/ (ʃæmˈpeɪn) /


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

Word Origin for champagne

from Champagne, a region of NE France

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Word Origin and History for champagne



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