from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A buskin worn by actors of classical tragedy.
  • n. The ancient style of classical tragedy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A buskin used in ancient tragedy
  • n. The stilted style denoting ancient tragedy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as cothurn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The buskin of the Greeks and Romans.


Latin, from Greek kothornos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cothurnus, from Ancient Greek κόθορνος (Wiktionary)



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