from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sparkling white wine made from a blend of grapes, especially Chardonnay and pinot, produced in Champagne.
- n. A similar sparkling wine made elsewhere.
- n. A pale orange yellow to grayish yellow or yellowish gray.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sparkling white wine made from a blend of grapes, especially Chardonnay and pinot, produced in Champagne by the méthode champenoise; (countable) any variety of champagne.
- n. A glass of champagne.
- n. Any sparkling white wine.
- n. A very pale brownish-gold colour, similar to that of champagne.
- adj. Of a very pale brownish-gold color, similar to that of champagne.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A light wine, of several kinds, originally made in the province of Champagne, in France.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The effervescent or so-called sparkling wine made within the limits of the old province of Champagne in northeastern France, chiefly in the region about Reims, Épernay, Avize, Ay, and Pierry, in the department of Marne.
- n. Effervescent wine, wherever made: as, Swiss champagne; California champagne.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a white sparkling wine either produced in Champagne or resembling that produced there
- n. a region of northeastern France
You have heard the term champagne socialism, well this is it.
People still feel that for really special occasions, the wine must have the word "champagne" on the label.
“From time to time,” says Dr. Brandes, “there came over her what she calls her champagne-mood; she grieves that this is no longer the case with him.”
Perhaps, when safely married, Susan would ask her to one of the family dinners, with a glassful of foam which she called champagne, and the leg of a crow which she called game from the shooting-lodge ....
"From time to time," says Dr. Brandes, "there came over her what she calls her champagne-mood; she grieves that this is no longer the case with him."
As far back as 1887 the Court of Angers, the appeal court, ruled in favour of wine growers in Champagne, decreeing that the name champagne "referred simultaneously to the place and methods of production of certain wines specifically denoted by that name and by no other."
Sadly, he neglected to say whether this “light and vertical” subclass of things de luxe could explain how speakers of English came to use shampoo as a slang word for champagne.4
This mildly alcoholic sparkling beverage, sold in champagne-like bottles, is popular for toasts at weddings and holidays.
Apparently the model for big champagne is to reduce yields, tighten belts, and wait for economic boom times again.
An unnamed source cites declines of 50-85% in champagne sales with pricey stuff hit hardest.