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

Wiktionary

  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.

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

  2. costume(Noun)

    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. costume(Noun)

    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. costume(Verb)

    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. Costume(noun)

    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. 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

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

  3. Costume(noun)

    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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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. Los Angeles:

    I was completely in shock, when I saw someone else in a costume, my first reaction wasn't' Oh ! It's Alec Wells !' My reaction was' Oh ! Some other weirdo dressed up in the streets ! It's a Halloween miracle !' I figured it out pretty quickly, though, and when I did, I was so completely overwhelmed. It hit me that Alec Wells created an incredibly magical moment for me, and all because Alec Wells wanted to spend the rest of Alec Wells life with me.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Limpsync:

    Singing is a little bit like the Halloween of emotions. It allows us to put on any costume we want; to become any character we need to express at any given moment; to instantly feel better and to do so in a way that is generally more publicly acceptable.

  5. Claudine Van Den Bergh:

    At the moment I rush out to the backstage, I know exactly where to go, what to do, where my next costume is for the next part.

Images & Illustrations of costume

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