cos·​play·​er ˈkäz-ˌplā-ər How to pronounce cosplayer (audio)
plural cosplayers
: someone who engages in cosplay
The costume artists, known as cosplayers (short for costume play), came from the across the Bay Area to take on the identities of their favorite fictional characters for the San Francisco Anime and Cosplay Festival in Japantown.Kevin Schultz

Examples of cosplayer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the lifeblood of the convention belongs to the cosplayers like Harden, who will have a booth at this year’s convention. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 9 July 2024 Brick Fest Live Brick fans will enjoy hands-on building activities and attractions; marvel at life-size models crafted from tens of thousands of plastic construction bricks; and have the chance to meet TV stars from Lego Masters, as well as cosplayers. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 11 June 2024 Be respectful and don't discredit any cosplayer and the work that went into their cosplay. Meredith G. White, The Arizona Republic, 21 May 2024 Some of the best cosplayers assembled at the 2024 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. Chris Cosgrove Published,, 2 May 2024 Nowruz, the Persian new year, is marked with a festival of music, dance and art at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, and Awesome Con, D.C.’s biggest comic con, returns, bringing cosplayers and gaming fans to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2024 Naturally, there were a bunch of mecha cosplayers this year and the standouts for me were a very adorable Laputa robot, an Ingram, Bravern and an actual MADOX-01. Ollie Barder, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Though devoid of any notable backstory, or even a name, his popularity gave way to his own Funko Pop, memes, cosplayers, and more. Nick Romano,, 16 Feb. 2024 The people From corporate cosplayers to celebrity guests, E3 was a great place for people-watching. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 12 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1998, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cosplayer was in 1998

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“Cosplayer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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