Meaning of costume

cos•tume

Pronunciation: (n.kos'tm, -tymv.ko&sylpstm', -stym'), [key]
— n., v., adj. -tumed, -tum•ing,
—n.
  1. a style of dress, including accessories and hairdos, esp. that peculiar to a nation, region, group, or historical period.
  2. dress or garb characteristic of another period, place, person, etc., as worn on the stage or at balls.
  3. fashion of dress appropriate to a particular occasion or season: dancing costume; winter costume.
  4. a set of garments, esp. women's garments, selected for wear at a single time; outfit; ensemble.
—v.t.
  1. to dress; furnish with a costume; provide appropriate dress for: to costume a play.
—adj.
  1. of or characterized by the wearing of costumes: a costume party.
  2. meant for use with or appropriate to a specific costume: costume accessories.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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