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1costume

noun cos·tume \ˈkäs-ˌtüm, -ˌtyüm also -təm or -ˌchüm\

: the clothes that are worn by someone (such as an actor) who is trying to look like a different person or thing

: the clothes worn by a group of people especially during a particular time in the past

Full Definition of COSTUME

1
:  the prevailing fashion in coiffure, jewelry, and apparel of a period, country, or class
2
:  an outfit worn to create the appearance characteristic of a particular period, person, place, or thing <Halloween costumes>
3
:  a person's ensemble of outer garments; especially :  a woman's ensemble of dress with coat or jacket
cos·tum·ey adjective

Examples of COSTUME

  1. children in their Halloween costumes
  2. a formal 18th-century Japanese costume

Origin of COSTUME

French, from Italian, custom, dress, from Latin consuetudin-, consuetudo custom — more at custom
First Known Use: 1799

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

2costume

verb cos·tume \käs-ˈtüm, -ˈtyüm also -ˈchüm; or ˈkäs-ˌ or -təm\
cos·tumedcos·tum·ing

Definition of COSTUME

transitive verb
1
:  to provide with a costume
2
:  to design costumes for <costume a play>

Examples of COSTUME

  1. <the days when people, costumed in their Sunday best, would parade along the grand avenue on Easter>

First Known Use of COSTUME

1823

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

3costume

adjective \same as 1\

: involving people wearing costumes

Full Definition of COSTUME

1
:  characterized by the use of costumes <a costume ball> <a costume drama>
2
:  suitable for or enhancing the effect of a particular costume <a costume handbag>

Examples of COSTUME

  1. You're invited to a costume party!

First Known Use of COSTUME

1847

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator
COSTUMED Defined for Kids

1costume

noun cos·tume \ˈkäs-ˌtüm, -ˌtyüm\

Definition of COSTUME for Kids

1
:  special or fancy dress (as for wear on the stage or at a masquerade)
2
:  style of clothing, ornaments, and hair used during a certain period, in a certain region, or by a certain class or group <ancient Roman costume> <peasant costume>

2costume

verb
cos·tumedcos·tum·ing

Definition of COSTUME for Kids

:  to provide with a special or fancy outfit

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