chopine

chopine

[choh-peen, chop-in]
noun
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:
1570–80; < Spanish chapín, equivalent to chap(a) (< Middle French chape chape) + -in -in1

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chopine or chopin (tʃɒˈpiːn, ˈtʃɒpɪn)
 
n
a sandal-like shoe on tall wooden or cork bases popular in the 18th century
 
[C16: from Old Spanish chapín, probably imitative of the sound made by the shoe when walking]
 
chopin or chopin
 
n
 
[C16: from Old Spanish chapín, probably imitative of the sound made by the shoe when walking]

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