cos·tume /ˈkɑsˌtum, ˌtjum ||təm ||ˌʧum/
1. Dress in general; esp., the distinctive style of dress of a people, class, or period.
2. 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. --Sir J. Mackintosh.
3. A character dress, used at fancy balls or for dramatic purposes.
n 1: the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball; "he won
the prize for best costume"
2: 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"
3: the prevalent fashion of dress (including accessories and
hair style as well as garments)
4: the attire characteristic of a country or a time or a social
class; "he wore his national costume"
v 1: dress in a costume; "We dressed up for Halloween as
pumpkins" [syn: dress up]
2: furnish with costumes; as for a film or play