from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A foot and leg covering reaching halfway to the knee, resembling a laced half boot.
- n. A thick-soled laced half boot worn by actors of Greek and Roman tragedies.
- n. Tragedy, especially that which resembles a Greek tragedy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A half-boot.
- n. A type of boot worn by the ancient Athenian tragic actors; tragic drama, tragedy.
- n. An instrument of torture for the foot; bootikin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A strong, protecting covering for the foot, coming some distance up the leg.
- n. A similar covering for the foot and leg, made with very thick soles, to give an appearance of elevation to the stature; -- worn by tragic actors in ancient Greece and Rome. Used as a symbol of tragedy, or the tragic drama, as distinguished from comedy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A half-boot or high shoe strapped or laced to the ankle and the lower part of the leg.
- n. A similar boot worn by the ancients; the cothurnus, particularly as worn by actors in tragedy. See cothurnus.
- n. Hence Tragedy or the tragic drama, as opposed to comedy.
- n. A low laced shoe worn by women.
- n. pl. Eccl., stockings forming a part of the canonicals of a bishop, usually made of satin or embroidered silk.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a boot reaching halfway up to the knee
I remembered Horace's 'Praecipe lugubres cantus, Melpomene,' and Cowley's 'I called the buskin'd muse Melpomene and told her what sad story I would write,' and suggested Melpomene, or Penthos: Melpomene was adopted. ”
But, apart from the soldiers, neither sex wore any head covering, their thick hair seeming to afford them all the protection needed from the fierce rays of the vertical sun; but both sexes wore a kind of buskin of soft leather reaching to just below the knee, the sole consisting of a shaped piece of thick hide stitched on to the under part of the buskin.
Pierre le grand: Or, "The poker chip" and "The buskin," Bacchus, and Aphrodite (not Venus), Comus, and Momus: exalting natural virtues and rebuking hypocracy both in church and state by J. W Rogers
He cast the leathern brogue or buskin from his right foot, planted himself in a firm posture, unsheathed his sword, and first looking around to collect his resolution, he bowed three times deliberately towards the holly-tree, and as often to the little fountain, repeating at the same time, with a determined voice, the following rhyme:
The costume of an Amazonian crest and plume, a tucked-up vest, and a tight buskin of sky-blue silk, buckled with diamonds, reconciled Lady Binks to the part of Hippolyta.
(Id., acte i, scene 4) — The lonely east, how wearisome to me! — would not suit a lover in comedy; the figure of the “lonely east” is too elevated for the simplicity of the buskin.
Mai fren wuz at SCA event, an da Wicked Tinkers wuz der too, buskin an stuff.
Ya know, I kinda like the Roman soldier buskin look, with the laces strapped around my legs.
Chantilly, which appeared in yesterday's 'Musee,' the satirist, making some disgraceful allusions to the cobbler's change of name upon assuming the buskin, quoted a Latin line about which we have often conversed.
It must be the reading of tragedies that fills them with this superstition for the buskin and the pall, and not a sympathy with existing nature and the spirit of the age.