Definition of cothurnus in English:

cothurnus

Syllabification: co·thur·nus
Pronunciation: /kōˈTHərnəs
 
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noun

  • 1A thick-soled boot or buskin worn by actors in Greek tragedy.
    More example sentences
    • The cothurnus was worn principally by horsemen, hunters, and men of rank and authority.
    • She wears a crown of cypress and the cothurnus boots often worn by tragic actors.
    • Encumbered as he was with his mask and cothurnus, to say nothing of the padding, it will be seen that the Athenian tragic actor had no easy task before him.
  • 2An elevated style of acting in classical tragic drama.

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