What does costume mean?

Definitions for costume
ˈkɒs tum, -tyum; kɒˈstum, -ˈstyumcos·tume

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word costume.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. costumenoun

    the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball

    "he won the prize for best costume"

  2. costumenoun

    unusual or period attire not characteristic of or appropriate to the time and place

    "in spite of the heat he insisted on his woolen costume"

  3. costumenoun

    the prevalent fashion of dress (including accessories and hair style as well as garments)

  4. costumeverb

    the attire characteristic of a country or a time or a social class

    "he wore his national costume"

  5. costume, dress upverb

    dress in a costume

    "We dressed up for Halloween as pumpkins"

  6. costumeverb

    furnish with costumes; as for a film or play


  1. costumenoun

    A style of dress, including garments, accessories and hairstyle, especially as characteristic of a particular country, period or people.

    The dancer was wearing Highland costume.

  2. costumenoun

    An outfit or a disguise worn as fancy dress etc.

    We wore gorilla costumes to the party.

  3. costumenoun

    A set of clothes appropriate for a particular occasion or season.

    The bride wore a grey going-away costume.

  4. costumeverb

    To dress or adorn with a costume or appropriate garb.

  5. Etymology: From costume, from costuma, from costuma, ultimately, from consuetudo; see custom, which is a doublet of costume.


  1. Costume

    Costume is the distinctive style of dress or cosmetic of an individual or group that reflects class, gender, profession, ethnicity, nationality, activity or epoch. In short costume is a cultural visual of the people. The term also was traditionally used to describe typical appropriate clothing for certain activities, such as riding costume, swimming costume, dance costume, and evening costume. Appropriate and acceptable costume is subject to changes in fashion and local cultural norms. "But sable is worn more in carriages, lined with real lace over ivory satin, and worn over some smart costume suitable for an afternoon reception." A Woman's Letter from London (23 November 1899). This general usage has gradually been replaced by the terms "dress", "attire", "robes" or "wear" and usage of "costume" has become more limited to unusual or out-of-date clothing and to attire intended to evoke a change in identity, such as theatrical, Halloween, and mascot costumes. Before the advent of ready-to-wear apparel, clothing was made by hand. When made for commercial sale it was made, as late as the beginning of the 20th century, by "costumiers", often women who ran businesses that met the demand for complicated or intimate female costume, including millinery and corsetry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Costumenoun

    dress in general; esp., the distinctive style of dress of a people, class, or period

  2. Costumenoun

    such an arrangement of accessories, as in a picture, statue, poem, or play, as is appropriate to the time, place, or other circumstances represented or described

  3. Costumenoun

    a character dress, used at fancy balls or for dramatic purposes

  4. Etymology: [F. costume, It. costume custom, dress, fr. L. consuetumen (not found), for consuetudo custom. See Custom, and cf. Consuetude.]


  1. Costume

    The term costume can refer to wardrobe and dress in general, or to the distinctive style of dress of a particular people, class, or period. Costume may also refer to the artistic arrangement of accessories in a picture, statue, poem, or play, appropriate to the time, place, or other circumstances represented or described, or to a particular style of clothing worn to portray the wearer as a character or type of character other than their regular persona at a social event such as a masquerade, a fancy dress party or in an artistic theatrical performance.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Costume

    kos-tūm′, or kos′tūm, n. the manner of dressing prevalent at a particular period or place: dress, esp. a woman's dress.—v.t. to dress.—p.adj. Costumed′.—ns. Costum′er, Costum′ier, one who makes or deals in costumes. [Fr.,—It.,—Low L. costuma—L. consuetudo, custom.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'costume' in Nouns Frequency: #2747

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of costume in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of costume in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of costume in a Sentence

  1. Mars Incrucio:

    When a passenger dresses in a Halloween costume and makes demands because he’s the captain, it never ends well.

  2. Mark Pollock:

    Whenever I put my Superman costume on as a kid, I didn't have X-ray vision. I had desperately short sight and had to wear big. thick glasses to see, i couldn't leave (glasses) in the phone box like Clark Kent could. That short sight lead me to have a detached retina.

  3. Michelle Lee Flores:

    In the event that a costume complaint arises, a company has a tremendous opportunity to make it better quickly … or far worse, say a white person dressed as the convenience store clerk from ‘ The Simpsons ’ and was speaking in an Indian accent all day. A fellow coworker goes to HR and says she feels uncomfortable. If that person is quickly dismissed... that employee is likely to feel even angrier and who knows what could happen.

  4. Brian Austin:

    We were best friends for like three years, we would spend every night either at Robin Thicke house or at my house. We went camping. We did all sorts of stuff together. If anybody was going to recognize my voice in this costume it was going to be Robin Thicke. Robin Thicke knows the rhythm of how I speak, the sound, the tone of my voice, all of that. Robin Thicke knows my voice better than anyone, probably aside from my parents and my family.

  5. Rhonda Shear:

    How, if I was a serious actress, I would have never taken a commercial … I was nervous, but I told him I had permission from everyone. He said, ‘ Well, you did n’t get it from me. ’ He then walked out and left me with my costume in hand … They did n’t blackball me, but I never heard from ‘ Happy Days ’ again.

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