- a boot reaching to the calf or knee, worn in earlier times; esp., the high, thick-soled, laced boot worn by actors in ancient Greek and Roman tragedy
- tragic drama; tragedy
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old French broissequin ; from Middle Dutch brosekin, small leather boot
- buskined adjective
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- A foot and leg covering reaching halfway to the knee, resembling a laced half boot.
- a. A thick-soled laced half boot worn by actors of Greek and Roman tragedies.b. Tragedy, especially that which resembles a Greek tragedy.
Origin: Perhaps alteration (influenced by buckskin) of obsolete French broisequin, small leather boot.