espadrille

espadrille

[es-puh-dril]
noun
1.
a flat shoe with a cloth upper, a rope sole, and sometimes lacing that ties around the ankle.
2.
a casual shoe resembling this, often with a wedge heel instead of a flat sole.

Origin:
1860–65; < French < Provençal espardilho, diminutive of espart esparto

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espadrille (ˌɛspəˈdrɪl)
 
n
a light shoe with a canvas upper, esp with a braided cord sole
 
[C19: from French, from Provençal espardilho, diminutive of espartesparto; so called from the use of esparto for the soles of such shoes]

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espadrille
shoe with soles of hemp-rope (originally worn in the Pyrenees), 1865, from Fr., from Prov. espardillo, from L. spartum, from Gk. sparton "a rope made of spartos," an imported fiber known as "Spanish grass."
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