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The act or practice of dressing in costume, often homemade, to resemble or portray a fictional character, especially from science fiction, fantasy, manga, or anime.
v. cos·played, cos·play·ing, cos·plays
To engage in cosplay.
To portray (a character) through cosplay: She cosplayed her favorite superhero at a comic book convention.

cos′play·er n.


(ˈkɒsˌpleɪ; ˈkɒz-)
a recreational activity in which people interact with one another while dressed as fictional characters
[C20: shortened from costume play]
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