[ kos-pley ]


  1. the art or practice of wearing costumes to portray characters from fiction, especially from manga, animation, and science fiction.
  2. a skit featuring these costumed characters.

verb (used with object)

  1. to portray (a fictional character) by dressing in costume.

verb (used without object)

  1. to take part in cosplay:

    He cosplayed as a Jedi from Star Wars.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cosplay1

First recorded in 1995–2000; cos(tume) + play

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Example Sentences

Martin was out there judging a cosplay contest as part of Courtyard by Marriott's Super Hero HQ.

Then, after a long period off, I started again with a GoT cosplay.

My first GoT themed cosplay was as Catelyn Stark and one of my closest friends was cosplaying Arya.

Growing up, I started to attend comic conventions and to be aware of the cosplay world.

The Asoiaf Cosplay consists of over 50 players who come together at least once a month at conventions and events.