- 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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cothurn (ˈkəʊθɜːn, kəʊˈθɜːn)
- the buskin worn in ancient Greek tragedy
C18: from Latin, from Greek kothornos