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costume

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noun cos·tume \ ˈkä-ˌstüm , -ˌstyüm also -stəm or ˈkäs-ˌchüm \

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

costumey

adjective

Examples of costume in a Sentence

  1. children in their Halloween costumes

  2. a formal 18th-century Japanese costume

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Origin and Etymology of costume

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

costume Synonyms


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costume

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verb cos·tume \ kä-ˈstüm , -ˈstyüm also käs-ˈchüm ; or ˈkä-ˌst(y)üm or ˈkäs-ˌchüm or -stəm \

Definition of costume

costumed; costuming
transitive verb
1 :to provide with a costume
2 :to design costumes for
  • costume a play

Examples of costume in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of costume

1802


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costume

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adjective cos·tume \ ˈkä-ˌstüm , -ˌstyüm also -stəm or ˈkäs-ˌchüm \

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 in a Sentence

  1. You're invited to a costume party!

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First Known Use of costume

1800



COSTUME Defined for English Language Learners

costume

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noun

Definition of costume for English Language Learners

  • : 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


costume

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adjective

Definition of costume for English Language Learners

  • : involving people wearing costumes


COSTUME Defined for Kids

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costume

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noun cos·tume \ ˈkäs-ˌtüm , -ˌtyüm \

Definition of costume for Students

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

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costume

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Definition of costume for Students

costumed; costuming
:to provide with a special or fancy outfit


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