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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.
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(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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In the 1980s, Takahashi Nobuyuki attended World-Con, a science fiction convention, and used the term kosupure, which translates to costume play or cosplay, to describe fans dressed up in costumes (Winge 2006, 66).
He was inspired by the idea of fans using masks to depict some of their chosen characters, but instead of using the term "masquerade" (which literally refers to a costume party), he used the word kosupure (Lamerichs, 2011).
--facts of everyday life--such as family bathing customs, beginning of the fiscal/academic year in April, using the personal seal instead of name signing, food (chawan mushi), clothing (yukata, monpe, hakama, zori etc.), elements of modern reality (tsukin densha, manga, anime, kosupure, ganguro, yanki, bokaroido etc.)
Kawamura considers "cosplay" (short for costume play, or in Japanese, kosupure), in which anime and manga fans invent costumes modeled on their favorite characters, and she offers comparative images of American cosplayers at the New York Comic Con and Anime Festival and Japanese cosplayers at Comic Market.
In Thailand, manga publishers organize events around manga, animation or JROCK, kosupure, (18) attracting many young fans to attend.
Koguryo style "costume play" (kosupure) also became popular, and magazines began providing patterns and suggestions for how to make the historical outfits.
Such products include dating-sim and role-playing games, maid cafes (cafes where waitresses don maid costumes and refer to customers as "master"), and costumes for cosplay (kosupure [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], a portmanteau of "costume" and "roleplay" which means dressing up as anime, manga, or video game characters).