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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.
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.
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.
3. A character dress, used at fancy balls or for dramatic
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
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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