from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A buskin anciently worn by tragic actors on the stage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A buskin anciently used by tragic actors on the stage; hence, tragedy in general.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as cothurnus, which is more commonly used.


Latin cothurnus, from Ancient Greek. Compare cothurnus. (Wiktionary)


  • With the tip of his cothurn he pushed forward a carpet beneath his head.


  • Then with the toe of his cothurn he pushed the things which fell out back towards the flame so that nothing might be left.


  • Many things of this nature had been done by the new commonwealth; but, alas! she did not drape herself melodramatically, nor stalk about with heroic wreath and cothurn.

    History of the United Netherlands, 1590-99 — Complete

  • It is worth while to go for a moment behind the scene; We have seen the actors, with mask and cothurn and tinsel crown, playing their well-conned parts upon the stage.

    PG Edition of Netherlands series — Complete

  • The moment had arrived when it was thought that the mask and cothurn might again be assumed with effect; when a grave and conventional personage might decorously make his appearance to perform an interlude of clemency and moderation with satisfactory results.

    PG Edition of Netherlands series — Complete


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