cothurnus

[ koh-thur-nuh s ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. coterie,
  2. coterminous,
  3. coth,
  4. cothamore,
  5. cothromboplastin,
  6. cotidal,
  7. cotillion,
  8. cotillon,
  9. cotinga,
  10. cotman

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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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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