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Borrowed from Middle French chapin, from Old Spanish chapín, from chapa (plate).[1]



chopine (plural chopines)

  1. A bottle of wine (usually Bordeaux) containing 0.250 fluid liters, 1/3 of the volume of a standard bottle.
  2. (historical) A type of women's platform shoe that was popular in the 15th and 16th centuries.


  • 1602 : Hamlet by William Shakespeare, act 2 scene 2 lines 364-365
    By'r lady, your ladyship is nearer to heaven
    than when I saw you last by the altitude of a chopine.
  • 1922 : Ulysses by James Joyce, chapter 9
    He creaked to and fro, tiptoing up nearer heaven by the altitude of a chopine






chopine f (plural chopines)

  1. (France, obsolete) A French pre-metric measure of capacity equal to half a pinte that was equivalent to 0.476 liters. Under the monarchy the measure varied from region to region, with the Parisian chopine being equivalent to 0.465 liters. 1 pinte ("quart") = 2 chopines ("pints") = 4 demiards ("half-pints").
  2. (France) a French metric chopine (or metric "pint") equal to 0.250 liters.
  3. (Canada, Slang) a French Canadian term for an imperial pint, equal to one eighth of an Imperial gallon, 20 Imperial ounces, or 0.568 liters. After metrication it became equivalent to a Canadian metric "pint" of 0.5 liters.
  4. (France) an amount of wine equivalent to 0.25 liters.
  5. a type of women's clog or overshoe; a chopine



  1. first-person singular present indicative of chopiner
  2. third-person singular present indicative of chopiner
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of chopiner
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of chopiner
  5. second-person singular imperative of chopiner

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