What does Cosplay mean?

Slang for the art of wearing costumes to portray famous fictional characters. From "Costumed Play".

Other definitions of Cosplay:

  • Refers to costume play, in which people dress up like fictional characters, especially from comics, manga, or anime. Beyond just dressing up, it also often involves the DIY creation of props and costumes.
  • Dressing yourself to look like a character from a show, movie, or book that you're a fan of. Popular at pop-culture conventions, where hundreds/thousands of people dress as avatars, heroes, and villains.
  • An abbreviation of "costume play". Dressing up like a anime, comic, or video game character. Popularized in the early 2000s, the trend has grown online via social media photography sites like Instagram as a way to demonstrate your creativity.

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How to use the term

  • Me and my partner love to cosplay.

  • I'm working on a Wonder Woman cosplay right now.

  • Have you seen this Ghostbusters cosplay? These people look like they're having so much fun.

  • Cosplay any character that you feel an attachment two. Only cynics and assholes will tell you have to be a certain build, height, or color to do it right.


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