Definition of cothurnus in English:

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Pronunciation: /kōˈTHərnəs/


1A thick-soled boot or buskin worn by actors in Greek tragedy.
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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Syllabification: co·thur·nus

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