costume

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

Definition of costume

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

costume

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

Definition of costume (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

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

costume

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

Definition of costume (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from costume

Noun

costumey adjective

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!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This Halloween costume is like Lisa Frank come to life. Michella Oré, Glamour, "These Easy Cat Halloween Makeup Ideas Are Next-Level," 19 Oct. 2020 The five remaining bakers must create impressive costume cakes for a spot in the finale. Washington Post, "What to watch on Monday: ‘Darkness: Those Who Kill’ on Acorn TV," 19 Oct. 2020 Another tempting costume idea is the flower-crown-wearing, big-cat-lover of the show. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Halloween costumes we won't miss this year amid the pandemic, protests for racial justice," 19 Oct. 2020 Seasonal chain Spirit Halloween, which is known for its extensive costume collection, is prepared for a very non-traditional Halloween. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, "Halloween is going to look very different during the pandemic. Here's how," 17 Oct. 2020 The Senior Centers of West Hartford present their first Halloween costume and car parade, taking place on Friday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. Honk, shout and wave. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 15 Oct. 2020 The city advises against wearing Halloween costume masks, either alone or as additions over protective cloth masks. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "Mayor Joe Hogsett asks kids to skip trick-or-treating for sake of their neighbors," 15 Oct. 2020 Moderate risk activities include trick-or-treating that involves grab-and-go goodie bags on porches and outdoor events like costume parties. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit leaders unveil Halloween guidelines, caution residents on rising COVID-19 rates," 14 Oct. 2020 Take a few minutes for a new photo shoot of your adorable pet dressed up or check your phone for this year or last year’s costume photos. cleveland, "Halloween pet costume contest: email photo today to enter (deadline is Oct. 18)," 13 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kudos to costume coordinator Shima Orans and the cast for the threads, particularly Oviedo's psychedelic floral dress, which fits her exuberant character and could also power a few thousand HVAC systems in its spare time. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New shows online: Skylight escapes to London, First Stage seeks 'Treasure' in Milwaukee," 19 Oct. 2020 Leave it to costume designer Patricia Field to inspire dressing up, even if the only destination is the next episode. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Ashley Park on Finding Her Voice in Emily in Paris," 3 Oct. 2020 Get into Halloween and costume up as your favorite character from Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, sign onto the video call service of your choice, and then set your background image to one of the locations from the show. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Ideas For Making Your Umbrella Academy Halloween Costume Pop," 24 Sep. 2020 Before the pandemic, the city boasted 280,000 jobs in the fine and performing arts — a number that encompassed actors and musicians, but also costume designers and lighting technicians. Photographs By Dina Litovsky, Victor Llorente And Daniel Arnold Michael Paulson, Elizabeth A. Harris And Graham Bowley, New York Times, "Get Ready for ‘a Radical Reshaping’," 23 Sep. 2020 Set and costume designers can influence color palettes by sticking to certain palettes. Popular Science, "Why orange skies fill us with a sense of impending doom," 18 Sep. 2020 Take this classic Halloween costume up a notch by adding a punny element (a blanket ... get it?) or round up your kid's friends or siblings for a clever ensemble look. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "3 Adorable Pig Costumes That Are Easy Enough for Anyone to DIY This Halloween," 9 Sep. 2020 And because lighting, costume and set designers can’t be featured onstage this year, a special showcase of 40 Latinx theater designers will participate in an online booth fair, where festival patrons can click into folders to see their portfolios. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Rep goes virtual for fourth Latinx new play festival next weekend," 30 Aug. 2020 There’s so much more to costume design than just a passion for fashion. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Emmy-nominated period costume designers unzip their behind-the-scenes secrets," 29 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The easiest approach is to accent the part of your face that remains uncovered — namely, your eyes — which is where costume makeup comes in. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "3 Chic Makeup Trends You’ll See Everywhere This Halloween," 19 Oct. 2020 Curated chronologically, the show traces the evolution of the after-hours institution through photography, fashion, drawings, film, costume illustrations, and fragrance. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Night Out in a Bottle: Looking Back at the Fragrance That Defined Studio 54," 16 Oct. 2020 California’s top health official on Tuesday strongly discouraged traditional trick-or-treating, costume parties and other activities related to the holiday this year because of coronavirus risks. Anna Buchmann, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: S.F. rent prices take steepest plunge in nation," 14 Oct. 2020 Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that most traditional Halloween activities, such as costume parties and door-to-door trick-or-treating, are considered high risk. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Celebrating Halloween at home this year? Good. Now whip up one of these ghoulish beverages," 12 Oct. 2020 The challenge was simply finding vintage jewelry for either purchase or in our costume houses. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "The Jewelry Secrets of Ryan Murphy’s Ratched," 12 Oct. 2020 Also identified indoor costume parties, haunted houses, hayrides and rural fall festivals. Ann Norman, cleveland, "How can we make Halloween fun in the coronavirus age?," 9 Oct. 2020 Lower risk activities included scavenger hunts and costume parties with members of your household and grab-and-go treats offered by neighbors from a social distance. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "Driveway movies and sanitized treats: Families prep for COVID-19 Halloween," 8 Oct. 2020 It’s the perfect costume choice for the pop culture pet owners. Erika Hardison, USA TODAY, "15 amazing pet Halloween costumes you need to buy," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of costume

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

History and Etymology for costume

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for costume

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The first known use of costume was in 1668

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Last Updated

22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Costume.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/costume. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for costume

costume

noun
How to pronounce costume (audio) How to pronounce costume (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of costume

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

adjective
How to pronounce costume (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of costume (Entry 2 of 2)

: involving people wearing costumes

costume

noun
cos·​tume | \ ˈkäs-ˌtüm How to pronounce costume (audio) , -ˌtyüm \

Kids Definition of costume

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

costume

verb
costumed; costuming

Kids Definition of costume (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide with a special or fancy outfit

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