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[koh-thur-nuh s] /koʊˈθɜr nəs/
noun, plural cothurni
[koh-thur-nahy] /koʊˈθɜr naɪ/ (Show IPA)
a grave and elevated style of acting; tragic acting; tragedy.
buskin (def 2).
Also, cothurn
[koh-thurn, koh-thurn] /ˈkoʊ θɜrn, koʊˈθɜrn/ (Show IPA)
Origin of cothurnus
1720-30; < Latin < Greek kóthornos buskin, type of boot worn by tragic actors in heroic roles
Related forms
cothurnal, adjective Unabridged
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  • Comedians wore the socci or slippers, and tragedians the cothurni.

  • 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


noun (pl) -thurni (-ˈθɜːnaɪ), -thurns
the buskin worn in ancient Greek tragedy
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, from Greek kothornos
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