bus·​kin ˈbə-skən How to pronounce buskin (audio)
: a laced boot reaching halfway or more to the knee
: tragedy
especially : tragedy resembling that of ancient Greek drama

Examples of buskin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The masks come on and off like sock and buskin in a Greek play. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, 12 May 2020

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Word History


probably modification of Middle French brozequin

First Known Use

1503, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of buskin was in 1503

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“Buskin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buskin. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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