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costuming

[kos-too-ming, -tyoo-] /ˈkɒs tu mɪŋ, -tyu-/
noun
1.
material for costumes.
2.
costumes collectively.
3.
the act of furnishing or designing costumes.
Origin of costuming
1855-1860
1855-60; costume + -ing1

costume

[n. kos-toom, -tyoom; v. ko-stoom, -styoom] /n. ˈkɒs tum, -tyum; v. kɒˈstum, -ˈstyum/
noun
1.
a style of dress, including accessories and hairdos, especially that peculiar to a nation, region, group, or historical period.
2.
dress or garb characteristic of another period, place, person, etc., as worn on the stage or at balls.
3.
fashion of dress appropriate to a particular occasion or season:
dancing costume; winter costume.
4.
a set of garments, especially women's garments, selected for wear at a single time; outfit; ensemble.
verb (used with object), costumed, costuming.
5.
to dress; furnish with a costume; provide appropriate dress for:
to costume a play.
adjective
6.
of or characterized by the wearing of costumes:
a costume party.
7.
meant for use with or appropriate to a specific costume:
costume accessories.
Origin
1705-15; < French < Italian: usage, habit, dress; doublet of custom
Related forms
recostume, verb (used with object), recostumed, recostuming.
uncostumed, adjective
well-costumed, adjective
Synonyms
1. See dress.
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Examples from the Web for costuming
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  • The smart set is devoting a good deal of attention of late to the costuming of house dogs.

  • This indeed did not consume much time, for my costuming was scant.

    Wanderlust Robert R. (Robert Rice) Reynolds
  • The simplicity of the costuming as well as of the stage setting makes the play an easy one for amateurs to produce.

    The Belles of Canterbury Anna Bird Stewart
  • Incidentally, the costuming—as you may see from contemporary cuts—was a nightmare.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • Thence comes the embroidery of collars, the betasseling, the befrogging, the flaunting attempts at "costuming."

  • Our colonel, who accuses me of costuming Rawdon for his getaway.

    Lanier of the Cavalry Charles King
  • A comparison of the Amneris and Dalila photos will show how one's sense of costuming develops.

British Dictionary definitions for costuming

costume

/ˈkɒstjuːm/
noun
1.
a complete style of dressing, including all the clothes, accessories, etc, worn at one time, as in a particular country or period; dress: national costume
2.
(old-fashioned) a woman's suit
3.
a set of clothes, esp unusual or period clothes, worn in a play by an actor or at a fancy dress ball: a jester's costume
4.
short for swimming costume
verb (transitive)
5.
to furnish the costumes for (a show, film, etc)
6.
to dress (someone) in a costume
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Italian: dress, habit, custom
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Word Origin and History for costuming

costume

n.

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.

v.

1823, from costume (n.). Related: Costumed; costuming.

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