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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 clothes typical of a particular country or period of history, or suitable for a particular activity: Singers performing Mozart's operas often dress in/wear historical costume. The dancers leading the procession were in colourful 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 clothes worn 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 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.
(Definition of costume from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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