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English definition of “costume”


noun [C/U]  /ˈkɑs·tum/ us  
a set of clothes worn in order to look like someone else, esp. for a party or as part of an entertainment: [C] a clown costume A costume is also the set of clothes typical of a particular country or period of history: [U] The dancers dressed in national costume.
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