cho·​pine | \ shä-ˈpēn How to pronounce chopine (audio) , chä- \

Definition of chopine

: 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, "The Spring 2021 Accessories Trend Report," 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, "Sonja Bata, Whose Museum of Shoes Tells a Story, Dies at 91," 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, "High Heeled Shoes Were Originally Created For Men," 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of chopine

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chopine

Middle French chapin, from Old Spanish

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“Chopine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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