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n. pl. co·thur·ni (-nī′)
1. A buskin worn by actors of classical tragedy.
2. The ancient style of classical tragedy.

[Latin, buskin, from Greek kothornos, perhaps of Lydian origin.]


(kəʊˈθɜːnəs) or


n, pl -thurni (-ˈθɜːnaɪ) or -thurns
(Clothing & Fashion) the buskin worn in ancient Greek tragedy
[C18: from Latin, from Greek kothornos]


(koʊˈθɜr nəs)

also co•thurn

(ˈkoʊ θɜrn, koʊˈθɜrn)
n., pl. -ni (-nī).
2. a grave, elevated style of acting; tragedy.
[1720–30; < Latin < Greek kóthornos buskin]
co•thur′nal, adj.
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References in classic literature ?
Is there a cothurnus in the world more tragic than these boots, whose soles are hanging out their tongues?
It may have had a deliberate association with notions of the dignity of antiquity, including the use by classical tragedians of the cothurnus or "buskin"--the high-heeled boot of the tragic actor, which gave literal superiority of step and posture.