a French sparkling white wine (= one with bubbles) that is drunk on special occasions a glass of champagne a champagne reception (= a formal social occasion at which champagne is served) at the Imperial Hotel There are a number of fine champagnes (= types of champagne) available at very reasonable prices.Extra examples Financiers were drinking champagne toasts to the deal. I’ll have some champagne, please. The champagne flowed like water at the wedding reception. The champagne had been left open and had gone flat. There was a champagne reception before the concert. They sat there sipping their champagne. We heard the sound of popping champagne corks next door.