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. costume(noun)

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

    "he won the prize for best costume"

  2. costume(noun)

    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. costume(noun)

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

  4. costume(verb)

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

    "he wore his national costume"

  5. costume, dress up(verb)

    dress in a costume

    "We dressed up for Halloween as pumpkins"

  6. costume(verb)

    furnish with costumes; as for a film or play


  1. costume(Noun)

    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. costume(Noun)

    An outfit or a disguise worn as fancy dress etc.

    We wore gorilla costumes to the party.

  3. costume(Noun)

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

    The bride wore a grey going-away costume.

  4. costume(Verb)

    To dress or adorn with a costume or appropriate garb.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Costume(noun)

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

  2. Costume(noun)

    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. Costume(noun)

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

  4. Origin: [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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

How to pronounce costume?

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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. Emily Mitchell:

    It's sort of like putting a cow in a horse costume. It's still a cow.

  2. Bryanna Reid:

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

  3. Lauren Harrell:

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

  4. Angie Castillo:

    When I put that costume on, it's so empowering, you feel so good to wear it and to represent this brand.

  5. Janine Detore:

    People really love the shirt because we are sold out of it, the boo stands for the costume, they’re ghosts.

Images & Illustrations of costume

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