variants or less commonly chinele
plural -s
: slipper
especially : a flat slipper with no heel worn by Philippine women

Word History


Spanish chinela, alteration of chanela, probably from Italian dialect cianella, variant of pianella, from piano flat (from Latin planus) + -ellą feminine diminutive suffix

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“Chinela.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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