custom / costume

custom / costume
   A custom is a cultural tradition: It is a custom in Japan to remove your shoes when entering a home.
   A costume is the outfit worn to represent a particular time, event, or culture: What is your costume for Halloween going to be?

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  • custom / costume —    A custom is a cultural tradition: It is a custom in Japan to remove your shoes when entering a home.    A costume is the outfit worn to represent a particular time, event, or culture: What is your costume for Halloween going to be? …   Confused words

  • Costume — Cos tume (k?s t?m or k?s t?m ), n. [F. costume, It. costume custom, dress, fr. L. consuetumen (not found), for consuetudo custom. See {Custom}, and cf. {Consuetude}.] 1. Dress in general; esp., the distinctive style of dress of a people, class,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Custom — Cus tom (k[u^]s t[u^]m), n. [OF. custume, costume, Anglo Norman coustome, F. coutume, fr. (assumed) LL. consuetumen custom, habit, fr. L. consuetudo, dinis, fr. consuescere to accustom, verb inchoative fr. consuere to be accustomed; con + suere… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Custom of merchants — Custom Cus tom (k[u^]s t[u^]m), n. [OF. custume, costume, Anglo Norman coustome, F. coutume, fr. (assumed) LL. consuetumen custom, habit, fr. L. consuetudo, dinis, fr. consuescere to accustom, verb inchoative fr. consuere to be accustomed; con +… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • custom — [ kɶstɔm ] n. m. • v. 1974; d apr. l angl. amér. custom motorcycle « moto sur mesure » ♦ Anglic. Véhicule de série (voiture, moto) personnalisé par des spécialistes. Des customs ou des custom. ● custom nom masculin (mot américain) Automobile ou… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • costume — ► NOUN 1) a set of clothes in a style typical of a particular country or historical period. 2) a set of clothes worn by an actor or performer for a role. 3) Brit. dated a woman s matching jacket and skirt. ► VERB ▪ dress in a costume. ORIGIN… …   English terms dictionary

  • costume — [käs′to͞om΄, käs′tyo͞om΄] n. [18th c. art term < Fr < It < L consuetudo,CUSTOM] 1. a) the style of dress, including accessories, typical of a certain country, period, profession, etc. b) a set of clothes in such a style, as worn in a… …   English World dictionary

  • custom — c.1200, habitual practice, from O.Fr. costume custom, habit, practice; clothes, dress (12c., Mod.Fr. coutume), from V.L. *consuetumen, from L. consuetudinem (nom. consuetudo) habit, usage, way, practice, tradition, familiarity, from consuetus, pp …   Etymology dictionary

  • custom — [kus′təm] n. [ME < OFr costume < L consuetudo < consuescere, to accustom < com , intens. + suescere, to become accustomed < suere, to be accustomed, akin to suus, one s own: for IE base see SUICIDE] 1. a usual practice or habitual… …   English World dictionary

  • costume — [18] Ultimately, costume and custom are the same word. Both come from Latin consuētūdō ‘custom’. But whereas custom was an early borrowing, from Old French, costume took a lengthier and more circuitous route via Italian costume ‘custom, fashion,… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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