- a style of dress, including accessories and hairdos, especially that peculiar to a nation, region, group, or historical period.
- dress or garb characteristic of another period, place, person, etc., as worn on the stage or at balls.
- fashion of dress appropriate to a particular occasion or season: dancing costume; winter costume.
- a set of garments, especially women's garments, selected for wear at a single time; outfit; ensemble.
- to dress; furnish with a costume; provide appropriate dress for: to costume a play.
- of or characterized by the wearing of costumes: a costume party.
- meant for use with or appropriate to a specific costume: costume accessories.
Origin of costume
Related Words for costumestyle, fashion, attire, garb, uniform, apparel, suit, wardrobe, dress, ensemble, getup, mode, guise, rig, duds, outfit, clothing, livery
Examples from the Web for costume
Contemporary Examples of costume
He then dons a Spider-Man costume and savagely starts attacking criminals.
What makes this story resonate with fans is that it proves it takes more than just the costume to become “Spider-Man.”
You think about a movie like that getting made now, they would probably just use a lot of CGI for your costume.All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson
November 10, 2014
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October 30, 2014
About the only thing nearby that smacks of politics is an adjacent pop-up Halloween costume store.Mystery Man Buys Kentucky for the GOP
Center for Public Integrity
October 29, 2014
Historical Examples of costume
She had studied much over the possibilities of this girl's costume.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Mary made no effort to restrain the smile caused by the costume of Mr. Griggs.
Her costume had about it an indubitable air, a finality of perfection in its kind.
But he did not have the work acted; it was sung in costume with a background of appropriate scenery.Handel
Edward J. Dent
Your costume may save us from starvation if we run short of cash.In the Midst of Alarms
- a complete style of dressing, including all the clothes, accessories, etc, worn at one time, as in a particular country or period; dressnational costume
- old-fashioned a woman's suit
- a set of clothes, esp unusual or period clothes, worn in a play by an actor or at a fancy dress balla jester's costume
- short for swimming costume
- to furnish the costumes for (a show, film, etc)
- to dress (someone) in a costume
Word Origin for costume
1715, "style of dress," an art term, from French costume (17c.), from Italian costume "fashion, habit," from Latin consuetudinem (nominative consuetudo) "custom, habit, usage." Essentially the same word as custom but arriving by a different etymology. From "customary clothes of the particular period in which the scene is laid," meaning broadened by 1818 to "any defined mode of dress." Costume jewelry is first attested 1933.
1823, from costume (n.). Related: Costumed; costuming.