cothurnus

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noun co·thur·nus \kō-ˈthər-nəs\

Definition of cothurnus

plural

cothurni

play \kō-ˈthər-ˌnī, -(ˌ)nē\
  1. 1 :  a high thick-soled laced boot worn by actors in Greek and Roman tragic drama —called also co*thurn \ˈkō-ˌthərn, kō-ˈ\

  2. 2 :  the dignified somewhat stilted style of ancient tragedy

Origin and Etymology of cothurnus

Latin, from Greek kothornos


First Known Use: 1606


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