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 for costume
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Costume \Cos"tume`\ (k?s"t?m` or k?s-t?m"), n. [F. costume, It.
     costume custom, dress, fr. L. consuetumen (not found), for
     consuetudo custom. See Custom, and cf. Consuetude.]
     1. Dress in general; esp., the distinctive style of dress of
        a people, class, or period.
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     2. 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.
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              I began last night to read Walter Scott's Lay of the
              Last Minstrel . . . .I was extremely delighted with
              the poetical beauty of some parts . . . .The
              costume, too, is admirable.           --Sir J.
                                                    Mackintosh.
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     3. A character dress, used at fancy balls or for dramatic
        purposes.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  costume
      n 1: the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball; "he won
           the prize for best costume"
      2: 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"
      3: the prevalent fashion of dress (including accessories and
         hair style as well as garments)
      4: the attire characteristic of a country or a time or a social
         class; "he wore his national costume"
      v 1: dress in a costume; "We dressed up for Halloween as
           pumpkins" [syn: costume, dress up]
      2: furnish with costumes; as for a film or play

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  70 Moby Thesaurus words for "costume":
     accouter, apparel, array, attire, ballet skirt, bedizenment,
     bib and tucker, blackface, buskin, cap and bells, caparison,
     clothes, clothing, clown white, disguise, drapery, dress, dressing,
     duds, equip, fashion, fatigues, feathers, fig, fit, fit out, frock,
     garb, garments, gear, getup, greasepaint, guise, habiliment, habit,
     investiture, investment, kit, linen, livery, makeup, masquerade,
     motley, outfit, practical piece, prop, property, rags, raiment,
     rig, rig out, rig up, robes, sock, sportswear, style, suit,
     theatrical makeup, threads, tights, togs, toilette, trim, turn out,
     tutu, uniform, vestment, vesture, wear, wearing apparel
  
  

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