buskin "half boot," c.1500, origin unknown, perhaps from O.Fr. brousequin (14c., Mod.Fr. brodequin, by influence of broder "to embroider") or M.Du. brosekin "small leather boot." Figurative senses relating to tragedy are from the word being used (since mid-16c.) to translate Gk. kothurnus, the high, thick-soled boot worn in Athenian tragedy; contrasted with sock, the low shoe worn by comedians.

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(especially one with high soles, worn by the ancient tragedians) / ,

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  • buskin — noun /ˈbʌskɪn/ a) A half boot. With this knife also, he will joynt a Deere, or any beast, shape his shooes, buskins, mantels, etc. b) A type of boot worn by the ancient Athenian tragic actors; tragic drama, tragedy. Isaac, relieved of one half of …   Wiktionary

  • BUSKIN —    a kind of half boot worn after the custom of hunters as part of the costume of actors in tragedy on the ancient Roman stage, and a synonym for tragedy …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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