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"costume" in British English

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costumenoun

uk   /ˈkɒs.tʃuːm/  us   /ˈkɑː.stuːm/
B2 [C or U] the set of ​clothestypical of a ​particularcountry or ​period of ​history, or ​suitable for a ​particularactivity: Singers ​performing Mozart's ​operas often dress in/​wear historical costume. The ​dancersleading the ​procession were incolourful and ​elaborate costumes.UK The ​shop has a good ​selection of ​bikinis and bathing/​swimming costumes.
B2 [C] (UK also fancy-dress costume) a set of ​clothesworn in ​order to ​look like someone or something ​else, ​especially for a ​party or as ​part of an ​entertainment: Our ​host was ​wearing a ​clown costume. The ​children were ​dressed in ​Halloween costumes.

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costumenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈkɑs·tum/
a set of ​clothesworn 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 ​clothestypical of a ​particularcountry or ​period of ​history: [U] The ​dancersdressed in ​national costume.
(Definition of costume from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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