- a grave and elevated style of acting; tragic acting; tragedy.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for cothurnus
She wears the cothurnus, and her head is wreathed with vine leaves.Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama
E. Cobham Brewer
She too wears the mask and the cothurnus, and speaks to measure.The History of Henry Esmond, Esq.
W. M. Thackeray
Agar, in peplos and cothurnus, recited the strophes once more.An Englishman in Paris
Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
The voice of Cothurnus is one of the most important things in the acting play.Aria da Capo
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Strolling companies of players will crack the dusty boards tonight with the tread of buskin and cothurnus.The Blue-Grass Region of Kentucky
James Lane Allen
cothurn (ˈkəʊθɜːn, kəʊˈθɜːn)
- the buskin worn in ancient Greek tragedy
C18: from Latin, from Greek kothornos
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