Definition of buskin in English:


Syllabification: bus·kin
Pronunciation: /ˈbəskin


chiefly • historical
  • 1A calf-high or knee-high boot of cloth or leather.
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    • Now she was vested for the anointing; buskins, sandals and girdle put on, and over all a tabard of white sarsnet, the vestment called the colobium sindonis.
    • Headdresses were extravagantly plumed helmets or crowns fusing baroque and classical styles, and the masquers were shod in tightly fitting short boots, or buskins.
    • Buskins are presumed by Strutt to have resembled "the shoes of the carpenter's wife in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales," which the poet says 'were laced high upon her legs'.
  • 1.1A thick-soled laced boot worn by an ancient Athenian tragic actor to gain height.
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    • Superficially, the play follows The Tempest's plot-line and uses Philoctetes’ setting, but this isn't just Shakespeare in Greek buskins.
    • Consequently I may have used evidence for the Greek buskin which belonged to the Roman cotzhurnus.
    • The buskin was used by actors when playing tragedy, its high raised sole making the player more conspicuous
  • 1.2 (the buskin) The style or spirit of tragic drama.
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    • The two books under review do get rid of the buskin and aureole.
    • Does the buskin fit O’Neill?
    • In France, tragedy was elevated on her loftiest buskin.



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  • Again did my mistress’ needs drag me from these labours, and the buskined poet by Cupid was undone.
  • Below the knee his legs were naked, ending in a buskined moccasin, that fitted tightly round the ankle.
  • I just hope that the Bishops’ conferences won't drag their buskined feet over it, hoping that Pope Benedict will conveniently die, and the whole project be dropped.


early 16th century (designating a calf-length boot): probably from Old French bouzequin, variant of brousequin, from Middle Dutch broseken, of unknown ultimate origin.

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