[koh-thur-nuh s]
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
Related formsco·thur·nal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of cothurni

  • 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.


    Gustave Flaubert

British Dictionary definitions for cothurni


cothurn (ˈkəʊθɜːn, kəʊˈθɜːn)

noun plural -thurni (-ˈθɜːnaɪ) or -thurns
  1. the buskin worn in ancient Greek tragedy

Word Origin for cothurnus

C18: from Latin, from Greek kothornos
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