buskin

[ buhs-kin ]
/ ˈbʌs kɪn /

noun

a thick-soled, laced boot or half boot.
Also called cothurnus. the high, thick-soled shoe worn by ancient Greek and Roman tragedians.
buskins, stockings decorated with gold thread worn by a bishop at a Pontifical Mass.
tragic drama; tragedy.Compare sock1(def 3).
the art of acting, especially tragic acting.
a woman's low-cut shoe with elastic gores at the sides of the instep, popular in the early 20th century.

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Origin of buskin

1495–1505; probably alteration of Middle French bro(u)sequin, of uncertain origin
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buskin

/ (ˈbʌskɪn) /

noun

(formerly) a sandal-like covering for the foot and leg, reaching the calf and usually laced
Also called: cothurnus a thick-soled laced half boot resembling this, worn esp by actors of ancient Greece
the buskin mainly literary tragic drama

Word Origin for buskin

C16: perhaps from Spanish borzeguí; related to Old French bouzequin, Italian borzacchino, of obscure origin
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