cothurnal

cothurnus

[koh-thur-nuhs]
noun, plural cothurni [koh-thur-nahy] .
1.
a grave and elevated style of acting; tragic acting; tragedy.
2.
buskin ( def 2 ).
Also, cothurn [koh-thurn, koh-thurn] .


Origin:
1720–30; < Latin < Greek kóthornos buskin, type of boot worn by tragic actors in heroic roles

cothurnal, adjective
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cothurnus or cothurn (kəʊˈθɜːnəs, ˈkəʊθɜːn, kəʊˈθɜːn)
 
n , pl -thurni, -thurns
the buskin worn in ancient Greek tragedy
 
[C18: from Latin, from Greek kothornos]
 
cothurn or cothurn (kəʊˈθɜːnəs, ˈkəʊθɜːn, kəʊˈθɜːn, -ˈθɜːnaɪ)
 
n
 
[C18: from Latin, from Greek kothornos]

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