Buskin definition

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A foot and leg covering reaching halfway to the knee, resembling a laced half boot.
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A thick-soled laced half boot worn by actors of Greek and Roman tragedies.
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Tragedy, especially that which resembles a Greek tragedy.
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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.
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Tragic drama; tragedy.
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(now historical) A half-boot.
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A type of boot worn by the ancient Athenian tragic actors; tragic drama, tragedy.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
buskin
Plural:
buskins

Origin of buskin

  • Perhaps alteration (influenced by buckskin) of obsolete French broisequin small leather boot

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Apparently from Old French bousequin, variant of brousequin (> modern brodequin), probably from Middle Dutch broseken, of unknown origin.

    From Wiktionary