cos·​tum·​ery ˈkä-ˌstü-mə-rē How to pronounce costumery (audio)
 also  ˈkäs-ˌchü-;
: articles of costume
: the art of costuming

Examples of costumery in a Sentence

a museum exhibit devoted to the costumery of women since the classical period
Recent Examples on the Web And a fine piece of costumery should be seen parading, Rush adds. Will Tizard, Variety, 7 July 2022 The Met Gala, in full ostentatious, crowd-pleasing costumery, returned this week, flooding the fashion news cycle. New York Times, 11 May 2022 These included the use of certain modest Indian fashions (including sarees and kameez) in series that parallel costumery in postcolonial Hindi films. Katie Young, Quartz, 20 Mar. 2021 Bag of Donuts and the Chee-Weez delivered amazing song selections, elaborate costumery and makeup, and generally unstoppable showmanship. al, 1 Mar. 2020 Credit Queen Latifah, who suffered from tentacular costumery as Ursula the Sea Witch. Darren Franich,, 6 Nov. 2019 The first to appear is Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), offering a daffy, kinetic spin on a fairy godmother, right down to her confectionary costumery. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, 9 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of costumery was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Costumery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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