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[koh-thur-nuh s]
noun, plural co·thur·ni [koh-thur-nahy] /koʊˈθɜr naɪ/.
  1. a grave and elevated style of acting; tragic acting; tragedy.
  2. buskin(def 2).
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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
Related formsco·thur·nal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cothurnus

Historical Examples of cothurnus

  • She wears the cothurnus, and her head is wreathed with vine leaves.

    Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama

    E. Cobham Brewer

  • She too wears the mask and the cothurnus, and speaks to measure.

  • Agar, in peplos and cothurnus, recited the strophes once more.

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam

  • The voice of Cothurnus is one of the most important things in the acting play.

    Aria da Capo

    Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • Strolling companies of players will crack the dusty boards tonight with the tread of buskin and cothurnus.

British Dictionary definitions for cothurnus


cothurn (ˈkəʊθɜːn, kəʊˈθɜːn)

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

C18: from Latin, from Greek kothornos
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