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

Definition of costume

  1. 1 :  the prevailing fashion in coiffure, jewelry, and apparel of a period, country, or class

  2. 2 :  an outfit worn to create the appearance characteristic of a particular period, person, place, or thing <Halloween costumes>

  3. 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

Origin and Etymology of costume

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


First Known Use: 1799


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

Definition of costume

costumed

costuming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to provide with a costume

  3. 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>

1823

First Known Use of costume

1823


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adjective cos·tume \same as 1\

Definition of costume

  1. 1 :  characterized by the use of costumes <a costume ball> <a costume drama>

  2. 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!

1847

First Known Use of costume

1847



COSTUME Defined for English Language Learners

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costume

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

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


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adjective cos·tume \same as 1\

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. 1 :  special or fancy dress (as for wear on the stage or at a masquerade)

  2. 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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verb cos·tume

Definition of costume for Students

costumed

costuming

  1. :  to provide with a special or fancy outfit



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