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Definition of "costume" [cos•tume]

  • 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)

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.

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."