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cothurnus

[ koh-thur-nuhs ]
/ koʊˈθɜr nəs /
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noun, plural co·thur·ni [koh-thur-nahy]. /koʊˈθɜr naɪ/.
a grave and elevated style of acting; tragic acting; tragedy.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM cothurnus

co·thur·nal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cothurnus

cothurnus

cothurn (ˈkəʊθɜːn, kəʊˈθɜːn)

/ (kəʊˈθɜːnəs) /

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

Word Origin for cothurnus

C18: from Latin, from Greek kothornos
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