a thick-soled, laced boot or half boot.
Also called cothurnus. the high, thick-soled shoe worn by ancient Greek and Roman tragedians.
buskins, stockings decorated with gold thread worn by a bishop at a Pontifical Mass.
tragic drama; tragedy.
Compare sock1 (def 3).
the art of acting, especially tragic acting.
a woman’s low-cut shoe with elastic gores at the sides of the instep, popular in the early 20th century.
Historical Examples

Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II. Pierce Egan
Susan Amy Walton
Susan Amy Walton
Susan Amy Walton
Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli
Hellenica Xenophon
Wild Oats John O’Keeffe
Stories from Virgil Alfred J. Church
The International Monthly, Vol. II, No. I Various
The Life of James McNeill Whistler Elizabeth Robins Pennell

(formerly) a sandal-like covering for the foot and leg, reaching the calf and usually laced
Also called cothurnus. a thick-soled laced half boot resembling this, worn esp by actors of ancient Greece
(mainly literary) the buskin, tragic drama


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