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Topic: SWIMMING

Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: Italian, 'custom, dress', from Latin consuetudo; CUSTOM1

costume

noun
     
cos‧tume
1 [countable]DC a set of clothes worn by an actor or by someone to make them look like something such as an animal, famous person etc [↪ outfit]:
the film's lavish costumes and spectacular sets
Hallowe'en costumes
2 [uncountable and countable]DC clothes that are typical of a particular place or period of time in the past:
The dancers were in national costume.
performers dressed in period costume (=the clothes of a period of history)
3 [countable] British EnglishDCDSS a swimming costume
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