Definition of costume noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒstjuːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːstuːm//
    Film-making equipment, Producing a play
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the clothes worn by people from a particular place or during a particular historical period see also national costume See related entries: Producing a play
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] the clothes worn by actors in a play or film/movie, or worn by somebody to make them look like somebody/something else The actors were still in costume and make-up. She has four costume changes during the play. He went to the party in a giant chicken costume. a costume designer Wordfinderbackdrop, costume, curtain, footlights, prop, proscenium, scenery, set, stage, the wings See related entries: Film-making equipment
  3. 3[countable] (British English, informal) = swimming costume If you’d like a swim, we can lend you a costume.
  4. Word Originearly 18th cent.: from French, from Italian costume ‘custom, fashion, habit’, from Latin consuetudo, from consuetus, past participle of consuescere ‘accustom’, from con- (expressing intensive force) + suescere ‘become accustomed’.Extra examples For the dress rehearsal, the cast will be in full costume. He designed the costumes for a production of ‘The Firebird’. He had a cowboy costume on. I have a great idea for my Halloween costume. Many locals dressed in period costume for the celebrations. The battle was re-enacted by actors in period costume. The film is a costume drama based on a 19th-century novel. The main character had five costume changes. They celebrated New Year’s Eve with a costume party. I can’t believe you didn’t notice that guy in the giant chicken costume. Some of the singers wore the Welsh national costume.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: costume