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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How to use buskin in a sentence
We are pleased to find a small man without the buskin, and obvious sentiments stated without affectation.Familiar Studies of Men and Books | Robert Louis Stevenson
At this point o'erpower'd I fail, Unequal to my theme, as never bard Of buskin or of sock hath fail'd before.The Vision of Paradise, Complete | Dante Alighieri
Better to wear mask and buskin than to mar by any modernity of expression the calm majesty of Melpomene.Reviews | Oscar Wilde
Tyrian maidens are wont ever to wear the quiver, to tie the purple buskin high above their ankle.The Aeneid of Virgil | Virgil
Such an undertaking by no means befits the low-heeled buskin of modern fiction.Barchester Towers | Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for buskin
(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
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