What does buskin mean?

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ˈbʌs kɪnbuskin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. buskin, combat boot, desert boot, half boot, top boot(noun)

    a boot reaching halfway up to the knee


  1. buskin(Noun)

    A half-boot.

    Etymology: Apparently from bousequin, variant of brousequin ( > modern brodequin), probably from broseken, of unknown origin.

  2. buskin(Noun)

    A type of boot worn by the ancient Athenian tragic actors; tragic drama, tragedy.

    Etymology: Apparently from bousequin, variant of brousequin ( > modern brodequin), probably from broseken, of unknown origin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buskin(noun)

    a strong, protecting covering for the foot, coming some distance up the leg

  2. Buskin(noun)

    a similar covering for the foot and leg, made with very thick soles, to give an appearance of elevation to the stature; -- worn by tragic actors in ancient Greece and Rome. Used as a symbol of tragedy, or the tragic drama, as distinguished from comedy


  1. Buskin

    A buskin is a knee- or calf-length boot made of leather or cloth which laces closed, but is open across the toes. It was worn by Athenian tragic actors, hunters and soldiers in Ancient Greek, Etruscan, and Roman societies. The word buskin, only recorded in English since 1503 meaning "half boot", is of unknown origin, perhaps from Old French brousequin or directly from its Middle Dutch model brosekin "small leather boot". Figurative senses relating to tragedy are from the word being used to translate Greek kothurnos or Latin cothurnos, the high, thick-soled boot worn in Athenian tragedy; contrasted with sock, the low shoe worn by comedians. Byzantine emperors were formally clad in purple buskins, embroidered in gold with double-headed eagles. In rural Norfolk, buskins made of sacking were worn by farm labourers prior to the 1960s, especially at haymaking and wheat harvest, to prevent rats from running up the inside of the trouser legs. It is also used as a name of a torturing device used in the Middle Ages, for example the Scotch Boot. See Boot.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Buskin

    a kind of half-boot worn after the custom of hunters as part of the costume of actors in tragedy on the ancient Roman stage, and a synonym for tragedy.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of buskin in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of buskin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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