Definition of costume in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- 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.
custom from Middle English:
Both custom and costume (early 18th century) come from the same root, Latin consuetudo ‘custom, habit’—costume was originally the decor and clothing appropriate to a painting with a historical theme. A customer (Late Middle English) was a person who habitually bought from a particular tradesman, and customs (Late Middle English) were payments traditionally made to a lord or king.
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