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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Comic book artists and cosplayers are scheduled to appear at all six locations of Houston-area chain Bedrock City Comic Company. Craig D. Lindsey, Chron, 2 May 2023 There were some very funny moments of seeing the cosplayer and real Samara right next to each other. Clark Collis,, 27 Apr. 2023 Stu Szabo, a 25-year-old collector and cosplayer from Western Australia, plans to dress up as Earring Magic Ken — a 1990s version of Ken that developed a loyal following but was only sold for a limited time. Rachel Lerman, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2023 Cho is every cosplayer's dream in these images. Nick Romano,, 23 Aug. 2021 The women, fewer in number, tend to be the better cosplayers. Jason Kehe, WIRED, 23 Mar. 2023 Cardena, for the record, is not an all-or-nothing cosplayer. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 27 May 2022 Later in the day, a Heavy Infantry Mandalorian cosplayer (also from Star Wars) and Doc Brown’s DeLorean from the Back to the Future movies were at the shop for photos as well. Alyssa Alfano, cleveland, 17 Oct. 2022 Mizuki, a popular cosplayer, has been soliciting donations on social media. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 27 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 28 May. 2023.

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