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bus·kin

 (bŭs′kĭn)
n.
1. A foot and leg covering reaching halfway to the knee, resembling a laced half boot.
2.
a. A thick-soled laced half boot worn by actors of Greek and Roman tragedies.
b. Tragedy, especially that which resembles a Greek tragedy.

[Perhaps alteration (influenced by buckskin) of obsolete French broisequin, small leather boot.]

buskin

(ˈbʌskɪn)
n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) (formerly) a sandal-like covering for the foot and leg, reaching the calf and usually laced
2. (Clothing & Fashion) Also called: cothurnus a thick-soled laced half boot resembling this, worn esp by actors of ancient Greece
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the buskin chiefly literary tragic drama
[C16: perhaps from Spanish borzeguí; related to Old French bouzequin, Italian borzacchino, of obscure origin]

bus•kin

(ˈbʌs kɪn)

n.
1. a thick-soled, laced boot or half boot.
2. Also called cothurnus. the high, thick-soled shoe worn by ancient Greek and Roman tragedians.
3. tragic drama; tragedy. Compare sock 1 (def. 3).
[1495–1505; probably alter. of Middle French bro(u)sequin]
bus′kined, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.buskin - a boot reaching halfway up to the kneebuskin - a boot reaching halfway up to the knee
boot - footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg
References in classic literature ?
Many were the compliments and expressions of politeness that passed between Don Quixote and Don Fernando; but they were brought to an end by a traveller who at this moment entered the inn, and who seemed from his attire to be a Christian lately come from the country of the Moors, for he was dressed in a short-skirted coat of blue cloth with half-sleeves and without a collar; his breeches were also of blue cloth, and his cap of the same colour, and he wore yellow buskins and had a Moorish cutlass slung from a baldric across his breast.
The yeomen expressed their wonted acquiescence in their leader's opinion; and Isaac, relieved of one half of his apprehensions, by learning that his daughter lived, and might possibly be ransomed, threw himself at the feet of the generous Outlaw, and, rubbing his beard against his buskins, sought to kiss the hem of his green cassock.
I had a short jacket of goat's skin, the skirts coming down to about the middle of the thighs, and a pair of open-kneed breeches of the same; the breeches were made of the skin of an old he-goat, whose hair hung down such a length on either side that, like pantaloons, it reached to the middle of my legs; stockings and shoes I had none, but had made me a pair of somethings, I scarce knew what to call them, like buskins, to flap over my legs, and lace on either side like spatterdashes, but of a most barbarous shape, as indeed were all the rest of my clothes.
But in that bitter tirade upon Chantilly, which appeared in yesterday's'Musée,' the satirist, making some disgraceful allusions to the cobbler s change of name upon assuming the buskin, quoted a Latin line about which we have often conversed.
A canvas traveling bag containing one pair charol half boots, one pair hazelnut-colored leather buskins, one pair leather boots, one pair high canvas buskins, one astrolabe, a compact instrument to observe the positions of the celestial bodies before the invention of the sextant.
In 1588, less than a year after the date usually given for the first performance of the second part, Robert Greene piously protested that he at least 'could not make my verses jet upon the stage in tragical buskins, every word filling the mouth like the faburden of Bow Bell, daring God out of heaven with that atheist Tamburlaine, or blaspheming with the mad priest of the sun'.
Many plumes, swords, ruffs, pantaloons, and buskins complete the picture.
The bills show payments for satin and other fabrics, for fans and plumes of feathers, for buskins, and for embroidery.
In Robert Greene's epistle in the prose romance Perimedes the Blacksmith (1588) describes Marlowe's atheism: "I could not make my verse upon the stage in tragic buskins .
Shammy Buskins has also been in decent form this spring, and deserves his moment back in the spotlight in the Claydon Horse exercisers Handicap Chase at Stratford.
If this fortune still abides, thou shalt stand full length in polished marble, thy ankles bound high with purple buskins.