[ 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

With all of her cosplay appearances canceled, she was also worried about keeping her three employees paid.

Eventually, Han taught her employees to craft masks and began offering them in her shop alongside cosplay props.

Since Han runs a cosplay shop where she sells supplies and handmade accessories for cosplayers, she already had a ready supply of the cotton fabric and elastic ties that could be difficult to source in the early days of the pandemic.

Each day she went to work wearing the same type of medical gloves from her Lifeline cosplay, but for a very different reason.

A portmanteau of “costume” and “play,” cosplay has been steadily growing in popularity as a hobby, and sometimes even a profession.

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.