cosplay

[ kos-pley ]
/ ˈkɒsˌpleɪ /
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noun

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

verb (used with object)

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

verb (used without object)

to take part in cosplay: He cosplayed as a Jedi from Star Wars.

Origin of cosplay

First recorded in 1995–2000; cos(tume) + play
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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