cho·​pine shä-ˈpēn How to pronounce chopine (audio)
: a woman's shoe of the 16th and 17th centuries with a very high sole designed to increase stature and protect the feet from mud and dirt

Examples of chopine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sandals of next summer are somewhere between a chopine and a flatform, a shoe that is equally provocative and walkable. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 15 Oct. 2020 There were towering chopines from the Italian Renaissance and three-inch-long women’s shoes from China. Bonnie Wertheim, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2018 The pedestal-like chopine of the late 15th to the early 17th centuries transformed the upper-class European woman into a towering figure. Ariana Marsh, Teen Vogue, 12 July 2017

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Word History


Middle French chapin, from Old Spanish

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chopine was in 1577

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Cite this Entry

“Chopine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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