What does costume mean?

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ˈkɒs tum, -tyum; kɒˈstum, -ˈstyumcos·tume

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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

Wiktionary

  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.

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

  2. costumenoun

    An outfit or a disguise worn as fancy dress etc.

    We wore gorilla costumes to the party.

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

  3. costumenoun

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

    The bride wore a grey going-away costume.

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

  4. costumeverb

    To dress or adorn with a costume or appropriate garb.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Costumenoun

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

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

  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

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

  3. Costumenoun

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

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

Freebase

  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. Ekaterina Vankova:

    Nothing like printing the face of a Prince or Duchess on a swimming costume and rocking it proudly on the beach.

  2. Lauren Harrell:

    People are cheering you every step of the way. And nobody judges you for dressing in costume.

  3. Armando Iannucci:

    I re-read 'David Copperfield' about 10 or so years ago and it just felt so cinematic and funny and experimental. It felt very modern, it also speaks of these sort of contemporary issues as well and I just want to get that life and that humor and approach it maybe as if there were no rules as to how you make a costume drama.

  4. Jimmy Kimmel:

    Kobe Bryant was so big, it was almost like Kobe Bryant was Kobe Bryant, kobe Bryant was a real-life superhero with a costume and everything, walking amongst us.

  5. Bryanna Reid:

    Lady Godiva costume is the most suitable clothes for young red ladies.

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