• (British, noun, verb) IPA: /ˈkɒs.tjuːm/, /ˈkɒs.tʃuːm/
  • (America, noun) IPA: /ˈkɑs.t(j)uːm/, /ˈkɑs.tʃuːm/, /ˈkɑs.təm/
  • (America, verb) IPA: /kɑsˈt(j)uːm/, /kɑsˈtʃuːm/, /ˈkɑs.t(j)uːm/, /ˈkɑs.tʃuːm/, /ˈkɑs.təm/


  1. A style of dress, including garments, accessories and hairstyle, especially as characteristic of a particular country, period or people.
    The dancer was wearing Highland costume.
  2. An outfit or a disguise worn as fancy dress etc.
    We wore gorilla costumes to the party.
  3. A set of clothes appropriate for a particular occasion or season.
    The bride wore a grey going-away costume.
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costume (costumes, present participle costuming; past costumed, past participle costumed)

  1. To dress or adorn with a costume or appropriate garb.
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Chapter XVIII
      Seated on the carpet, by the side of this basin, was seen Mr. Rochester, costumed in shawls, with a turban on his head. His dark eyes and swarthy skin and Paynim features suited the costume exactly. He looked the very model of an Eastern emir, an agent or a victim of the bowstring.
  • German: kostümieren

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