Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball
  2. (noun, artifact) the attire characteristic of a country or a time or a social class
  3. (noun, artifact) unusual or period attire not characteristic of or appropriate to the time and place
  4. (noun, artifact) the prevalent fashion of dress (including accessories and hair style as well as garments)
  5. (verb, body) dress in a costume
  6. (verb, possession) furnish with costumes; as for a film or play

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Synonyms of Costume

dress up

Origin of the word Costume

  1. 1715, art term, from Fr., from It., from L. consuetudo "custom," and essentially the same word as custom but arriving by a different etymology. From "customary clothes of the particular period in which the scene is laid," meaning broadened by 1818 to "any defined mode of dress." Costume jewelry is first attested 1933. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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