a flat shoe with a cloth upper, a rope sole, and sometimes lacing that ties around the ankle.
a casual shoe resembling this, often with a wedge heel instead of a flat sole.

Nearby words

  1. esoterism,
  2. esotery,
  3. esotropia,
  4. esp,
  5. esp.,
  6. espagnole,
  7. espagnolette,
  8. espalier,
  9. espartero,
  10. esparto

Origin of espadrille

1860–65; < French < Provençal espardilho, diminutive of espart esparto Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for espadrille



a light shoe with a canvas upper, esp with a braided cord sole

Word Origin for espadrille

C19: from French, from Provençal espardilho, diminutive of espart esparto; so called from the use of esparto for the soles of such shoes

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Word Origin and History for espadrille



shoe with soles of hemp-rope (originally worn in the Pyrenees), 1892, from French espadrille (17c.), from Provençal espardillo, from Latin spartum, from Greek sparton "a rope made of spartos," an imported fiber known as "Spanish broom."

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