Definition of Costume

1. Noun. The attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball. "He won the prize for best costume"

Generic synonyms: Attire, Dress, Garb
Specialized synonyms: Fancy Dress, Masquerade, Masquerade Costume
Terms within: Wardrobe

2. Verb. Dress in a costume. "We dressed up for Halloween as pumpkins"

3. 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"
Generic synonyms: Attire, Dress, Garb

4. Verb. Furnish with costumes; as for a film or play.
Category relationships: Performing Arts
Generic synonyms: Furnish, Provide, Render, Supply
Derivative terms: Costumer

5. Noun. The prevalent fashion of dress (including accessories and hair style as well as garments).
Generic synonyms: Attire, Dress, Garb

6. Noun. The attire characteristic of a country or a time or a social class. "He wore his national costume"
Specialized synonyms: Academic Costume, Rigout
Generic synonyms: Attire, Dress, Garb

Definition of Costume

1. n. Dress in general; esp., the distinctive style of dress of a people, class, or period.

Definition of Costume

1. Noun. A style of dress, including garments, accessories and hairstyle, especially as characteristic of a particular country, period or people. ¹

2. Noun. An outfit or a disguise worn as fancy dress etc. ¹

3. Noun. A set of clothes appropriate for a particular occasion or season. ¹

4. Verb. To dress or adorn with a costume or appropriate garb. ¹

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Definition of Costume

1. to supply with a costume (a style of dress) [v -TUMED, -TUMING, -TUMES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Costume

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Literary usage of Costume

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Bibliographer's Manual of English Literature: Containing an Account of by William Thomas Lowndes (1858)
"costume of the Array of the BRITISH EMPIRE, according to the Regulations of ... The costume of the original Inhabitants of the BRITISH ISLANDS from the ..."

2. The Attic Theatre: A Description of the Stage and Theatre of the Athenians by Arthur Elam Haigh (1889)
"costume of the Tragic Actors. To return to the subject of the actors. The next point to be discussed is their costume, and general appearance upon the stage ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"The unfolding of this story is divided into two parts: (1) the materials—skins and textile substances and their preparations, and (2) the history of costume ..."

4. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1846)
"... costume. MILITARY dress is almost as difficult and dangerous a thing to deal with as ladies' attire ; as various in its hues and forms, as fanciful in ..."

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