• WordNet 3.6
    • n champagne a white sparkling wine either produced in Champagne or resembling that produced there
    • n Champagne a region of northeastern France
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider
    • n Champagne A light wine, of several kinds, originally made in the province of Champagne, in France.Champagne properly includes several kinds not only of sparkling but of still wines; but in America the term is usually restricted to wines which effervesce.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If a raisin is dropped into a glass of champagne it will bounce up and down in the glass
    • n champagne 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. The vineyards are all situated within a district about twenty miles long, from Reims on the north to Vertus on the south, and are generally classed as “of the Hill” (montagne) and “of the River,” namely, along the Marne; but great quantities of new wine are brought from other regions, and each manufacturer makes a mixture or blend according to his own system, to produce the brand of wine known by his name. The effervescence is artificially produced, and is of the nature of an arrested or incomplete fermentation. The greater or less sweetness of the wine is produced by the addition of a liqueur consisting of sugarcandy dissolved in old wine; the different degrees of sweetness are indicated by the terms sec, ‘dry,’ doux, ‘sweet,’ and brut, which last term, denoting originally the new or unmanipulated wine, is now used for the manufactured wines having from 1 to 3 per cent. of liqueur. The sweeter wines are generally the more effervescent.
    • n champagne Effervescent wine, wherever made: as, Swiss champagne; California champagne.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Frederick the great had his coffee made with champagne and a bit of mustard.
    • n Champagne sham-pān′ a light sparkling wine from Champagne in France. Still or non-effervescent champagne is also made.
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  • George Bernard Shaw
    “I'm only a beer teetotaler, not a champagne teetotaler.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “And now, I am dying beyond my means. [Sipping champagne on his deathbed]”
  • Margaret Mitchell
    Margaret Mitchell
    “Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it's be brave or else be killed.”
  • Lord Byron
    “A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.”


Champagne taste on a beer budget - Someone who lives above their means and likes things they cannot afford has champagne taste on a beer budget.
Champagne tastes, beer wages - (UK) A person who likes expensive things but has a low income has champagne taste and beer wages.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. See Champaign


In literature:

You'll not get that glorious relic for the price of a champagne supper.
"Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York" by Lemuel Ely Quigg
Cooking for six people, her two-weeks-old baby kicking and screaming in champagne-basket cradle.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
About February 9, 1915, there was considerable activity on the part of the German artillery in Champagne, especially before Rheims.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
He took out of it a dozen small bottles of champagne.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
Miss Mackenzie, you will take some champagne?
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
They had a drink of champagne all round that made the fat woman give little shrieks of delight.
"One Man's Initiation--1917" by John Dos Passos
They were smoking cigars, and on the table were glasses and champagne bottles packed in ice.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
I fancy there was no "contract champagne" at that ball.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
I and my two clerical friends ordered two bottles of champagne.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
Beer, champagne, and brandy, were the three drinkables.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster

In poetry:

To hold the pure delights of brain
Above light loves and sweet champagne.
For, you and I, we did eschew
The egoistic "I" and "you;"
"Philosophy" by Amy Levy
The climb homeward by park and by moorland,
And through the fir forests again,
While the south-west wind roars in the gloaming,
Like an ocean of seething champagne.
"The Delectable Day" by Charles Kingsley
So while we are eating the fruits of the vine,
Don't let us forget such a health giving juice,
As Champagne, or Sherbet, or other good wine,
Nor sin by neglecting its 'temperate use.'
"Mrs. Merdle Discourseth Of The Necessity Of Good Wine And Other Matters" by Horatio Alger Jr
When the down is on the chin
And the gold-gleam in the hair,
When the birds their sweethearts win
And champagne is in the air,
Love is here, and Love is there,
Love is welcome everywhere.
"Scherzo" by James Russell Lowell
I had been drinking, I confess;
There was confusion in my brain,
And I was feeling more or less
The fumes of overnight champagne.
So standing on that dizzy shelf:
"You saw no one," I told myself.
"My Suicide" by Robert W Service
Let this be your heraldic crest,
A bottle (charge) of Champagne,
A chicken (gorged) with salad (dress'd),
Below, this motto to explain --
"Enough is Very Good, may be;
Too much is Good Enough for Me!"
"Enough is as Good as a Feast" by Harry Graham

In news:

The first ever Independent Champagne & Sparkling Wine Invitational will take place in New Orleans, April 16-18, 2010 and will expose consumers and trade to independent global producers making hand-crafted products.
A Champagne (or sparkling wine ) for every occasion.
WHEN wine critics compare California sparkling wine s with French Champagnes, they often find the California versions lacking.
Pletcher won two Grade 1 races Saturday at Belmont, with Dreaming of Julia taking the Frizette and Shanghai Bobby the Champagne Stakes.
This dual-purpose tint comes in three shimmery shades (pink, peach, and champagne).
"I'm happy to say I've danced in fountains, I've had strawberries and wine and Champagne, I've visited places like Brideshead," said nightlife duchess Amy Sacco.
Champagne, Prosecco, Cava—sparkling wines have the complexity and variety to accompany an entire multi-course meal.
1 bottle inexpensive champagne 1 cup champagne vinegar 3 cups passion fruit juice 1 Tbsp.
Rose' Champagne and tawny port for those who would court.
With Champagne and a wink.
Not yet, but Dems can get the champagne ready.
They can't pour the champagne yet, but Democrats dreaming of controlling a supermajority of both legislative houses can unpack the bottle this morning.
Giants part-owner Will Chang pours champagne into the mouth of third baseman Pablo Sandoval after the teem defeated the Cincinnati Reds in Game 5 of their division series on Thursday.
0 Giants part-owner Will Chang pours champagne into the mouth of third baseman Pablo Sandoval after the teem defeated the Cincinnati Reds in Game 5 of their division series on Thursday.
Bud Selig would rather skip the champagne .

In science:

We now establish and analyze a new class of “champagne flow” solutions with voids surrounding the centre.
Self-Similar Polytropic Champagne Flows in H II Regions
One can readily obtain the downstream portion of “champagne flow” solutions by numerically integrating coupled nonlinear ODEs (12) and (13) from the void boundary x∗ with asymptotic expansions (31) and (32).
Self-Similar Polytropic Champagne Flows in H II Regions
Data Parameters of Global Polytropic “Champagne Flow” Solutions in Cases with n = 0.9 and xsd = 3.
Self-Similar Polytropic Champagne Flows in H II Regions
Parameters of Global Polytropic “Champagne Flow” Solutions with n = 0.9 and Upstream Breeze or Contraction (B = 0).
Self-Similar Polytropic Champagne Flows in H II Regions
To model “champagne flows”, we need to construct shocks to obtain global solutions.
Self-Similar Polytropic Champagne Flows in H II Regions