WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
co•thur•nus  (kō thûrnəs),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ni (kō thûrnəs),USA pronunciation 
  1. Show Businessa grave and elevated style of acting; tragic acting;
  2. Show Businessbuskin (def. 2).
Also,  co•thurn  (kō thûrnəs),USA pronunciation  co•thurnal, adj. 
  • Greek kóthornos buskin, type of boot worn by tragic actors in heroic roles
  • Latin
  • 1720–30

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