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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Definitions for pantofle

  1. a slipper.
  2. a cork-soled patten covering the forepart of the foot, worn in the 16th century.

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Citations for pantofle
"I've lost a pantofle!" he whispered desperately. Sally Watson, The Outrageous Oriel, 2006
... your art / Can blind a jealous husband, and, disguised / Like a milliner or shoemaker, convey / A letter in a pantofle or glove, / Without suspicion, nay at his table ... Philip Massinger, The Emperor of the East, 1632
Origin of pantofle
Pantofle “indoor shoe, slipper” comes from Middle French pantoufle, pantophle (and other spellings). The word occurs in other Romance languages, e.g., Occitan and Italian have pantofla (and other spellings), and Spanish has pantufla. Catalan changed the position of the l in original pantofla to plantofa under the influence of planta “sole (of the foot)”; compare English plantar (wart). Further etymology of pantofle is speculative. Pantofle entered English in the late 15th century.