One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A thick-soled boot or buskin worn by actors in Greek tragedy.
- ‘The cothurnus was worn principally by horsemen, hunters, and men of rank and authority.’
- ‘While the actors wore the cothurnus, the chorus appeared in their usual sandals.’
- ‘She wears a crown of cypress and the cothurnus boots often worn by tragic actors.’
- ‘Encumbered as he was with his mask and cothurnus, to say nothing of the padding, it will be seen that the Athenian tragic actor had no easy task before him.’
- ‘To increase their height the tragic performers wore the cothurnus, a sort of buskin with high soles and still higher heels.’
2An elevated style of acting in classical tragic drama.
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