- (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
- the buskin ⇒ chiefly literary tragic drama
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bus•kin (bus′kin),USA pronunciation n.
- Clothinga thick-soled, laced boot or half boot.
- Antiquity, Clothing, Show BusinessAlso called cothurnus. the high, thick-soled shoe worn by ancient Greek and Roman tragedians.
- Clothingbuskins, stockings decorated with gold thread worn by a bishop at a Pontifical Mass.
- Show Businesstragic drama;
tragedy. Cf. sock1 (def. 3).
- Show Businessthe art of acting, esp. tragic acting.
- 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
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buskin /ˈbʌskɪn/ n
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