buskin

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbʌskɪn/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(buskin)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bus•kin  (buskin),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Clothinga thick-soled, laced boot or half boot.
  2. Antiquity, Clothing, Show BusinessAlso called  cothurnus. the high, thick-soled shoe worn by ancient Greek and Roman tragedians.
  3. Clothingbuskins, stockings decorated with gold thread worn by a bishop at a Pontifical Mass.
  4. Show Businesstragic drama;
    tragedy. Cf. sock1 (def. 3).
  5. Show Businessthe art of acting, esp. tragic acting.
  6. Clothinga woman's low-cut shoe with elastic gores at the sides of the instep, popular in the early 20th century.
  • probably alteration of Middle French bro(u)sequin, of uncertain origin, originally 1495–1505

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
buskin /ˈbʌskɪn/ n
  1. (formerly) a sandal-like covering for the foot and leg, reaching the calf and usually laced
  2. Also called: cothurnus a thick-soled laced half boot resembling this, worn esp by actors of ancient Greece
  3. the buskinchiefly literary tragic drama
Etymology: 16th Century: perhaps from Spanish borzeguí; related to Old French bouzequin, Italian borzacchino, of obscure origin
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