costume

A costume is a set of clothes you wear when you want to dress up like another person. You might wear a witch's costume to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, or put on a George Washington costume to reenact a scene from the American Revolution in a play.

A costume is a set of clothes that is unique to a particular person or time period. If you were starring as Dorothy in your neighborhood production of The Wizard of Oz, your costume would consist of a blue-and-white checkered dress and ruby slippers. On the other hand, if you were starring as Lady Godiva, you wouldn't need much of a costume at all!

Definitions of costume
  1. noun
    the attire characteristic of a country or a time or a social class
    “he wore his national costume
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    types:
    academic costume
    a costume worn on formal occasions by the faculty or students of a university or college
    rigout
    a person's costume (especially if bizarre)
    type of:
    attire, dress, garb
    clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
  2. noun
    the prevalent fashion of dress (including accessories and hair style as well as garments)
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    type of:
    attire, dress, garb
    clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
  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
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    type of:
    attire, dress, garb
    clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
  4. noun
    the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball
    “he won the prize for best costume
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    types:
    fancy dress, masquerade, masquerade costume
    a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party
    type of:
    attire, dress, garb
    clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
  5. verb
    dress in a costume
    synonyms: dress up
    attire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, get up, gussy up, overdress, prink, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up
    put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive
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    apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
    provide with clothes or put clothes on
  6. verb
    furnish with costumes; as for a film or play
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    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
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