Cothurnus \Co*thur"nus\ (-n?s), n. [L.] Same as {Cothurn}. [1913 Webster]

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  • cothurnus — [kō′thʉrn΄kō thʉr′nəs] n. pl. cothurni [kō thʉrnī΄] [L < Gr kothornos] 1. a high, thick soled boot or buskin worn by actors in ancient Greek and Roman tragedies 2. tragedy or a lofty, tragic style in drama: Also cothurn [kō′thʉrn΄] …   English World dictionary

  • COTHURNUS — I. COTHURNUS discipulus Prodici; ex triginta tyrannis, a Lacedaemoniis, devictis Athenis, impositis. Quare ita dictus sit, vide Scholia in Aristophamnis Nubes. II. COTHURNUS in Tragoediis usitatus, calceamentum erat quadrangulum, quod utrivis… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • cothurnus —   n. (pl. ni ), buskin.    ♦ cothurnal,    ♦ cothurnian, a. pertaining to cothurnus or tragedy.    ♦ cothurnate, a. wearing cothurnus …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • cothurnus — noun a) A buskin used in ancient tragedy. Madame Grandoni had insisted on the fact that she was an actress, and this little speech seemed a glimpse of the cothurnus. b) The stilted style denoting ancient tragedy …   Wiktionary

  • cothurnus — noun (plural cothurni) Etymology: Latin, from Greek kothornos Date: 1606 1. a high thick soled laced boot worn by actors in Greek and Roman tragic drama called also co•thurn 2. the dignified somewhat stilted style of ancient tragedy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cothurnus — cothurnal, adj. /koh therr neuhs/, n., pl. cothurni / nuy/. 1. a grave and elevated style of acting; tragic acting; tragedy. 2. buskin (def. 2). Also, cothurn /koh therrn, koh therrn /. [1720 30; < L < Gk kóthornos buskin, type of boot worn by… …   Universalium

  • cothurnus — co·thur·nus || kÉ™ θɜːnÉ™s n. buskin, high Greek sandal; boot (Archaic); ancient style of classical tragedy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cothurnus — co·thur·nus …   English syllables

  • cothurnus — co•thur•nus [[t]koʊˈθɜr nəs[/t]] also co•thurn [[t]ˈkoʊ θɜrn, koʊˈθɜrn[/t]] n. pl. ni ( nī). 1) sbz buskin 2) 2) sbz a grave, elevated style of acting; tragedy • Etymology: 1720–30; < L < Gk kóthornos buskin co•thur′nal, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • cothurnus — …   Useful english dictionary

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