Cothurn

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cothurn A buskin anciently used by tragic actors on the stage; hence, tragedy in general. "The moment had arrived when it was thought that the mask and the cothurn might be assumed with effect."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cothurn Same as cothurnus, which is more commonly used.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cothurn kō′thurn a buskin or high boot laced in front, worn in tragic performances.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cothurnus, Gr. . Cf. Cothurnus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cothurnus—Gr. kothornos.

Usage

In literature:

With the tip of his cothurn he pushed forward a carpet beneath his head.
"Salammbo" by Gustave Flaubert
COTHURNAL, from "cothurnus," a particular boot worn by actors in Greek tragedy.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
COTHURNAL, from "cothurnus," a particular boot worn by actors in Greek tragedy.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
COTHURNAL, from "cothurnus," a particular boot worn by actors in Greek tragedy.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
COTHURNAL, from "cothurnus," a particular boot worn by actors in Greek tragedy.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
COTHURNAL, from "cothurnus," a particular boot worn by actors in Greek tragedy.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
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