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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A style of dress, including garments, accessories, and hairstyle, especially as characteristic of a particular country, period, or people.
  • n. An outfit or a disguise worn on Mardi Gras, Halloween, or similar occasions.
  • n. A set of clothes appropriate for a particular occasion or season.
  • transitive v. To put a costume on; dress.
  • transitive v. To design or furnish costumes for.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A style of dress, including garments, accessories and hairstyle, especially as characteristic of a particular country, period or people.
  • n. An outfit or a disguise worn as fancy dress etc.
  • n. A set of clothes appropriate for a particular occasion or season.
  • v. To dress or adorn with a costume or appropriate garb.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Dress in general; esp., the distinctive style of dress of a people, class, or period.
  • n. Such an arrangement of accessories, as in a picture, statue, poem, or play, as is appropriate to the time, place, or other circumstances represented or described.
  • n. A character dress, used at fancy balls or for dramatic purposes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of custom.
  • n. Custom or usage with respect to place and time, as represented in art or literature; distinctive character or habit in action, appearance, dress, etc.; hence, keeping or congruity in representation.
  • n. Mode of dressing; external dress.
  • To dress; furnish with a costume; provide appropriate dress for: as, to costume a play; “costumed in black,”
  • Reflexively, to put an unusual dress on; dress for a special occasion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball
  • v. furnish with costumes; as for a film or play
  • v. dress in a costume
  • n. unusual or period attire not characteristic of or appropriate to the time and place
  • n. the attire characteristic of a country or a time or a social class
  • n. the prevalent fashion of dress (including accessories and hair style as well as garments)

Etymologies

French, from Italian, style, dress, from Latin cōnsuētūdō, custom; see custom.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French costume, from Italian costuma, from Medieval Latin costuma, ultimately, from Latin consuetudo ("custom"); see custom, which is a doublet of costume. (Wiktionary)

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