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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.]
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(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]
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(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)]
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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 ?
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.
Similarly, when the boy actors are shown in (2.2.405 et seq.), Hamlet's first comment concerns how one of them has matured physically ("Thy face is valanced [with an incipient beard] since I saw thee last"), and how another has grown taller ("nearer to heaven than when I saw you last by the altitude of a chopine").
For instance, noble women in Venice were not normally seen on the streets, if they were, they would be wearing high heel shoes called 'chopine', which prevented them from walking properly unless supported from both sides (Figs.
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'.
"'By the Altitude of a Chopine.'" Homenaje a Rodriguez Monino.
If to this stanza, which Percy improved for his own poem in a couple of small ways--spelling "shoon" "shoone," for instance--we add a comment Hamlet made to one of the young players, "Your ladyship is nearer to heaven than when I saw you last by the altitude of a chopine," we can approach quite closely to Percy's creative activities.
The chopine (at right) looks like the modern-day platform shoe.