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cothurnus

[koh-thur-nuh s]
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noun, plural co·thur·ni [koh-thur-nahy] /koʊˈθɜr naɪ/.
  1. a grave and elevated style of acting; tragic acting; tragedy.
  2. buskin(def 2).
Also co·thurn [koh-thurn, koh-thurn] /ˈkoʊ θɜrn, koʊˈθɜrn/.

Origin of cothurnus

1720–30; < Latin < Greek kóthornos buskin, type of boot worn by tragic actors in heroic roles
Related formsco·thur·nal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cothurni

Historical Examples

  • Comedians wore the socci or slippers, and tragedians the cothurni.

    Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology

    Charles K. Dillaway

  • Suddenly Matho put on his cothurni, buckled on his brazen jacket of mail, and took his helmet.

    Salammbo

    Gustave Flaubert


British Dictionary definitions for cothurni

cothurnus

cothurn (ˈkəʊθɜːn, kəʊˈθɜːn)

noun plural -thurni (-ˈθɜːnaɪ) or -thurns
  1. the buskin worn in ancient Greek tragedy

Word Origin

C18: from Latin, from Greek kothornos
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