- 1A set of clothes in a style typical of a particular country or historical period: authentic Elizabethan costumes [mass noun]: dancers in national costumeMore example sentences
outfit, ensemble, suit; dress, clothing, attire, garb, uniform, livery, array, regalia; clothes, garments, robesNorth American • informal threads• formal apparel
- To give a feel for what it was like at the time, there will also be a display in the library of historical data and costumes of the period.
- Many joined shopkeepers in wearing period costumes, including authentic make up and seamed stockings.
- The third type of attire is the national costume.
- 1.1A set of clothes worn by an actor or performer for a particular role: he was in charge of costumes and scenery for plays and masquesMore example sentences
- The vivid memory of pundits chanting and amateur actors dressed in bright costumes performing on the open-air stage has stayed with me.
- Several actors in costume assume the roles of different characters.
- Mind you, recent history is just a new version of the old: new stage, new actors, new costumes, new masks, same old story.
- 1.2British A swimming costume.
- 1.3British • dated A woman’s matching jacket and skirt: a chic black costume and white fur wrapMore example sentences
- I can't possibly describe the elaborate nature of every woman's costume or outfit.
- The staff have made about 150 costumes for the occasion.
- The costumes range from ethnic outfits to more abstract modernist affairs that bring to mind Picasso's involvement with the Ballet Russe.
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- Dress (someone) in a particular set of clothes: an all-woman troupe elaborately costumed in clinging silver laméMore example sentences
- With just a few strokes of a loaded brush, he can indicate an elaborately costumed figure or the sinuous gestures of a tropical vine.
- He accentuates this difference by costuming the lovers as a pre-Raphaelite hero and heroine in contrast to the male and female witches in modern grey business suits.
- The dancers are costumed in extravagant gowns that they never remove: the show conveys a hint of the risqué but not more.
early 18th century: from French, from Italian costume 'custom, fashion, habit', from Latin consuetudo (see custom).