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 (chō-pēn′, chŏ-, chŏp′ĭn)
A woman's shoe worn in the 1500s and 1600s that featured a very high, thick sole.

[Obsolete French chapin, from Old Spanish, from chapa, plate, covering, from Old French; see chape.]


(tʃɒˈpiːn) or


(Clothing & Fashion) 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]


(tʃoʊˈpin, ˈtʃɒp ɪn)

a women's shoe with a high sole, worn in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, to add height and protect the feet.
[1570–80; < Sp chapín <chap(a) (< Middle French chape chape)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chopine - a woman's shoe with a very high thick solechopine - a woman's shoe with a very high thick sole
shoe - footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material
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En effet, comment cet ancien jeu traditionnel, autrefois present dans chaque auberge de village de Gascogne, a-t-il pu evoluer et s'adapter au monde contemporain, alors meme qu'il a perdu une partie de sa fonction d'origine : l'interet economique du jeu (<< la chopine >> ou verre de vin paye par les joueurs, voir la note 14) pour les tenanciers qui financaient le materiel et possedaient les quillers (aires de jeu), alors que ces auberges n'existent quasiment plus aujourd'hui dans un contexte de desertification des zones rurales ?
Composition de l'eau-forte de Manuel de Rueda Compose Quantite Vinaigre Trois chopines * Sel armoniac Trois onces Sel commun Trois onces Verdet Deux onces * 1 chopine= 0'5 litre
They developed new styles and techniques, creating a sensation with their Chopine sandal, a combination shoe/sock, the parts of which could also be worn separately.
Surely the most ludicrous shoe of the bunch though is the Venetian woman's chopine, a 'high platform of layered cork covered in palecoloured kidskin, backless leather upper, with all over punchwork decoration'.
The chopine (at right) looks like the modern-day platform shoe.
There are curious objects such as a pair of chopines or zoccoli: high platform shoes worn by ladies and courtesans to walk in the muddy streets of Venice without soiling their dresses.