• WordNet 3.6
    • v costume dress in a costume "We dressed up for Halloween as pumpkins"
    • v costume furnish with costumes; as for a film or play
    • n costume the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball "he won the prize for best costume"
    • n costume the attire characteristic of a country or a time or a social class "he wore his national costume"
    • n costume 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"
    • n costume the prevalent fashion of dress (including accessories and hair style as well as garments)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The "Expectant" Costume The "Expectant" Costume
Indian Costume Indian Costume
The hockey player's costume The hockey player's costume

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Found on Bat Man The Animated Series Armor Set Halloween costume box: "PARENT: Please exercise caution, mask and chest plate are not protective; cape does not enable wearer to fly."
    • Costume A character dress, used at fancy balls or for dramatic purposes.
    • Costume Dress in general; esp., the distinctive style of dress of a people, class, or period.
    • Costume 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A female pharaoh was unknown in Egypt before Hatshepsut, who had herself portrayed in male costume, with a beard and without breasts.
    • n costume An obsolete form of custom.
    • n costume 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 costume Mode of dressing; external dress. Specifically— An established mode or custom in dress; the style of dress peculiar to a people, tribe, or nation, to a particular period, or to a particular character, profession, or class of people.
    • costume To dress; furnish with a costume; provide appropriate dress for: as, to costume a play; “costumed in black,”
    • costume Reflexively, to put an unusual dress on; dress for a special occasion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first Michelin Man costume (Bidenbum) was worn by none other than Col. Harlan Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame.
    • n Costume kos-tūm′ or kos′tūm the manner of dressing prevalent at a particular period or place: dress, esp. a woman's dress
    • v.t Costume to dress
    • n Costume kos-tūm′ or kos′tūm, the manner of dressing prevalent at a particular period or place: dress, esp. a woman's dress
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The arts and inventions of each period are only its costume, and do not invigorate men.”
  • Zig Ziglar
    “You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.”
  • Gene Moorse
    Gene Moorse
    “People don't change. Only their costumes do.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “If the cut of the costume indicates intellect and talent, then the color indicates temper and heart.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. costume, It. costume, custom, dress, fr. L. consuetumen,not found), for consuetudo, custom. See Custom, and cf. Consuetude
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—It.,—Low L. costuma—L. consuetudo, custom.


In literature:

You may wear my costume, and the costumer will give it to you if you present this.
"An Artist in Crime" by Rodrigues Ottolengui
I took particular pains in costuming my daughter, darling child that she was, and Mlle.
"The Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
The splendid costume seemed to him sent by a good fairy.
"Tales of the Caravan, Inn, and Palace." by William Hauff
Nor are yellow costumes the only kind that are supposed to cast an evil spell over their wearer.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 1" by Various
Ancient oriental costume then cannot be severed from the history and development of thought.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
Clear out one or two boxes, and pack a dress-suit and two or three ordinary suits; in fact, costume the Hon.
"Lord Stranleigh Abroad" by Robert Barr
The costumes of a people are of the greatest worth in revealing to the student their grade of civilization and their ideals.
"Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10)" by Burleigh James Bartlett
The costume of the matron, which custom had made stately, the lex Oppia had made severe.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
The Turkish general on this occasion wore a costume of unusual splendor.
"The Golden Age in Transylvania" by Mór Jókai
Wondering what particularly charming costume you will wear to-night?
"The Intriguers" by William Le Queux
But the marvel of this costume is the crown.
"The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain;" by Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
Trouhanova not only insisted on wearing a different costume from the Salome whose image she was supposed to be, but also took curtain calls.
"Interpreters" by Carl Van Vechten
We would travel altogether, taking our costumes and make-up with us, principals second class and chorus third.
"Confessions of an Opera Singer" by Kathleen Howard
The costume of this reign was very plain in design, but rich in stuffs.
"English Costume" by Dion Clayton Calthrop
Janet's costumes were not at all preraphaelite; they were American-French.
"Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
I have the mask still, and the fur costume, and Miss Matty's cap and curls.
"A Pair of Schoolgirls" by Angela Brazil
In the moonlight one could not discern the differences in the costumes of the Camp Fire girls, nor their fairer coloring.
"The Camp Fire Girls Behind the Lines" by Margaret O'Bannon Womack Vandercook
Naturally, with a salary of but three dollars a week, we turned to the management for our costumes.
"Life on the Stage" by Clara Morris
He was to design the setting for the pageant and such costumes as he had time to do.
"Cinderella Jane" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
However, she made a great point of the Ranch girls' coming in costume.
"The Ranch Girls in Europe" by Margaret Vandercook

In poetry:

In Mrs. Potter's latest play
The costuming is fine;
Her waist is made decollete--
Her skirt is new design.
"It Is The Printer's Fault" by Eugene Field
She'd a velvet hat with trimmings,
And a dark grey serge costume;
She lived in Clevedon Terrace
In a small bed-sitting room.
"Miss Gee" by W H Auden
Some women from the water rise
Under the scanty willows' lee,
And stepping on the sand, wring dry
Their bathing costumes hurriedly.
"Eve" by Boris Pasternak
And this gay-pictured, spring-time shout
Of Fashion, hails what lady proud?
Her who before last year was out
Was costumed in a shroud.
"A Circular" by Thomas Hardy
In less than an hour sea were sighted
Tide weren't as far out as they'd thought
And Mabel soon popped on her costume
While John donned an old crown he'd brought
"King John" by Stanley Holloway
I like voluminous writing best,
That gives the facts dress'd up in style.
A handsome woman when she's dressed
Looks better than (repress that smile)
When she in plainer costume does appear;
The more it costs we know she is more dear.
"An Eastern Tale" by David John Scott

In news:

Your sweet dog might sulk, if you wrap her in a pink unicorn costume with a riding princess doll.
Simonne Garritues dazzles costumed patrons at Shadowland Bar & Restaurant on Halloween night.
Police in Alabama were called to what looked like a woman shot dead in her car but found a Halloween reveler they described as drunk and passed out in a bloody-looking zombie costume.
How to read a girl based on her Halloween costume.
A white apron and feather duster does not a costume make, but women everywhere use Halloween as an excuse to dress like a slut.
After complaints, 'Seniores' and 'Señoritas' events at Canyon High in Anaheim Hills, where students wore costumes demeaning to Latinos, are canceled.
A DIRECTOR NAMED DAVID The Obie winner and Skokie native David Cromer, here in front of costume sketches for A Streetcar Named Desire, returns to Writers' Theatre.
Artists Mykl Wells and Joe Marshall lead workshops for making lanterns, floats, masks and costumes from 11 am to 5 pm, every Saturday and Sunday, through Sunday, Oct 28.
Sexy Big Bird' Costume Has Got Sesame Street Wisely Trying to Discontinue Production ASAP.
If you still don't have a Halloween costume, here's one: A guy in New York dressed in camouflage, wrapped himself in ivy, and went to Central Park to pop out and scare people as they walked by.
Cody, a 10-year-old dachshund, took top place Sunday in the dog costume contest held at The Promenade Shops at Centerra.
His owner, Ken Ferguson of Loveland, made Cody's hot dog vendor costume.
A-list guest stars, talented designers and lots of camaraderie makes the Costume Designers Guild Awards one of the most fun events of the season.
Their costumes aren't even stitched together.
Halloween how-to: Honey Boo Boo, Psy, Prince Harry and the Dowager of Grantham costumes.

In science:

Its applications range from the study of costumers forming queues in banks and offices, to the study of data traffic in packet switching networks of routers in communication systems.
Phase transitions on heterogeneous random graphs: some case studies