Definition of Birkenstock in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbərkənˌstäk/


1A type of shoe or sandal with a contoured cork-filled sole and a thick leather upper.
Example sentences
  • Does casual mean you could come to work in track pants and Birkenstocks, or does it just mean that you aren't required to wear a tie?
  • She prefers Birkenstocks to Ferragamos and remembers Woodstock like it was yesterday.
  • At the risk of being stripped of my right to wear Birkenstocks, I have to admit that the courtship rituals of the 1950s make me feel a little wistful.
1.1 [as modifier] Denoting people concerned with political correctness or conservationist issues: home builders are no longer content to leave environmentalism to the Birkenstock crowd
More example sentences
  • That the Birkenstock crowd marching down Market Street shouting ‘no blood for oil’ is partly responsible for the suburb / SUV disaster is particularly insightful.
  • If you are looking for the perfect gift for that politically incorrect curmudgeon who derives equal pleasure in sending both the Birkenstock crowd and the Buchanan brigades in to fits of epileptic seizures this is it.
  • She defends technology, but from a completely different point of view; her topic today is ‘bomb-throwing Birkenstock brats.’


1970s: from the name of the manufacturer.

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Syllabification: Bir·ken·stock

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