costume

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noun

cos·​tume ˈkä-ˌstüm How to pronounce costume (audio)
-ˌstyüm,
 also  -stəm,
or
ˈkäs-ˌchüm How to pronounce costume (audio)
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
costumey adjective

costume

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verb

cos·​tume kä-ˈstüm How to pronounce costume (audio)
-ˈstyüm,
 also  käs-ˈchüm;
 or  ˈkä-ˌst(y)üm,
or
ˈkäs-ˌchüm How to pronounce costume (audio)
or
-stəm How to pronounce costume (audio)
costumed; costuming

transitive verb

1
: to provide with a costume
2
: to design costumes for
costume a play

costume

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adjective

cos·​tume ˈkä-ˌstüm How to pronounce costume (audio)
-ˌstyüm,
 also  -stəm,
 or  ˈkäs-ˌchüm
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 in a Sentence

Noun children in their Halloween costumes a formal 18th-century Japanese costume Verb the days when people, costumed in their Sunday best, would parade along the grand avenue on Easter Adjective You're invited to a costume party!
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Even if that means putting on a Gumball costume and rocking out. Michael Schneider, Variety, 16 May 2024 While the show’s ostentatiously grand sets and costumes are a feast for the eyes, the real draw of the show is its wealth of starry talent, which includes Christine Baranski, Audra McDonald and Cynthia Nixon. Cady Lang, TIME, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for costume 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

French, from Italian, custom, dress, from Latin consuetudin-, consuetudo custom — more at custom

First Known Use

Noun

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of costume was in 1668

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Cite this Entry

“Costume.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/costume. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

costume

1 of 2 noun
cos·​tume ˈkäs-ˌt(y)üm How to pronounce costume (audio)
1
: the style of clothing, ornaments, and hair characteristic of a certain period, region, or class
ancient Roman costume
peasant costume
2
: special or fancy dress (as for wear on the stage or at a masquerade party)
3
: a person's outer clothing
costume adjective

costume

2 of 2 verb
costumed; costuming
: to provide with a costume

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