costume

[ noun kos-toom, -tyoom; verb ko-stoom, -styoom ]SEE DEFINITION OF costume
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COSTUME

She had studied much over the possibilities of this girl's costume.

Mary made no effort to restrain the smile caused by the costume of Mr. Griggs.

Her costume had about it an indubitable air, a finality of perfection in its kind.

But he did not have the work acted; it was sung in costume with a background of appropriate scenery.

Your costume may save us from starvation if we run short of cash.

Therefore your costume must look equally well on and off the horse.

It's just the picturesque dignity of the costume, and the pose, perhaps.

The costume-maker came in search of me, as she wanted to try on my costume.

The costume here described is still the wedding-costume of China.

It was the Klondike person, radiant in the costume of black and the black hat.

WORD ORIGIN

1715, "style of dress," an art term, from French costume (17c.), from Italian costume "fashion, habit," from Latin consuetudinem (nominative consuetudo) "custom, habit, usage." Essentially the same word as custom but arriving by a different etymology. From "customary clothes of the particular period in which the scene is laid," meaning broadened by 1818 to "any defined mode of dress." Costume jewelry is first attested 1933.

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