Definitions

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  • n. A long dress, trailing on the floor, worn by tragic actors in Ancient Greek and Roman theatres.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A long dress, trailing on the floor, worn by tragic actors in Greek and Roman theaters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In antiquity, a long dress reaching to the ground, as that worn by tragic actors.

Etymologies

Latin, from Ancient Greek to drag. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At moments, when he stopped to catch breath, the chorus of singers repeated the last verse; then Nero cast the tragic "syrma" [A robe with train, worn especially by tragic actors] from his shoulder with a gesture learned from Aliturus, struck the lute, and sang on.

    Quo Vadis: a narrative of the time of Nero

  • At last he dropped the lute to his feet with a clatter, and, wrapping himself in the "syrma," stood as if petrified, like one of those statues of Niobe which ornamented the courtyard of the Palatine.

    Quo Vadis: a narrative of the time of Nero

  • At moments, when he stopped to catch breath, the chorus of singers repeated the last verse; then Nero cast the tragic _syrma_ from his shoulder with a gesture learned from Aliturus, struck the lute, and sang on.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03

  • At last he dropped the lute to his feet with a clatter, and, wrapping himself in the syrma, stood as if petrified, like one of those statues of Niobe which ornamented the courtyard of the Palatine.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03

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