Definition of "costume" []

  • A style of dress, including garments, accessories, and hairstyle, especially as characteristic of a particular country, period, or people. (noun)
  • An outfit or a disguise worn on Mardi Gras, Halloween, or similar occasions. (noun)
  • A set of clothes appropriate for a particular occasion or season. (noun)
  • To put a costume on; dress. (verb-transitive)
  • To design or furnish costumes for. (verb-transitive)
  • A complete style of dressing, including all the clothes, accessories, etc, worn at one time, as in a particular country or period; dress (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A woman's suit (noun)
  • A set of clothes, esp unusual or period clothes, worn in a play by an actor or at a fancy dress ball (noun)
  • To furnish the costumes for (a show, film, etc) (verb)
  • To dress (someone) in a costume (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "costume" in a sentence
  • "And yes, that means that I only have 11 days to be struck by creative brilliance, because I still don't have a costume and last time I checked, the invitation to the * costume party* did indicate that it would be preferable to wear a * costume*."
  • "Our tradition of collecting candy in costume is mere child's play to Roman Catholic countries."
  • "But it still took two shocks for DC Comics to rethink the Robin costume from the bottom up."