Definition of costumer in English:


(British costumier)


  • A person or company that makes or supplies theatrical or fancy-dress costumes.

    • ‘What you want is to pop along to your nearest theatrical costumiers, where you buy (follow me closely here) a spot of fake tears.’
    • ‘They've been supplying their established costumers with rationed amounts of vaccine, depending on their needs, and are just ramping up supply enough now to meet the needs of new customers.’
    • ‘A parent, who is a costumer for a theatre company, provided many of the bright, colourful costumes.’
    • ‘A trip to a theatrical costumier's secured the fancy dress, complete with buckled shoes, breeches and elaborate cuffs and ruff.’
    • ‘She is a skilful costumier, but she has had to develop new skills when dealing with actors, designers and directors.’
    • ‘They are designers, art directors, costumers and especially animators.’
    • ‘Forty classical dancers, folk dancers, musicians, singers, and costumers comprised the collaboration that brought the audience to its feet.’
    • ‘It depends on what I'm shopping for, but I do reasonably well because I get my corsets and costumes made for me by my best-friend who is a costumier, and she makes things for me at extremely good rates.’
    • ‘The company had an imaginative director and two budding theatrical costumiers who saved the day.’
    • ‘Many of these grads find work at the corporate headquarters, or as costumers and milliners, or as freelance costume designers for other local theaters.’
    • ‘‘We have tried local theatrical costumiers but no one has exactly the right period.’’
    • ‘Last Monday ballot forms were sent to stage technicians, costumiers and maintenance staff.’
    • ‘‘Toby showed up on the set dressed so perfectly that our costumer did not even put him in another outfit,’ recalls the co-director.’
    • ‘But for costumers, form still must follow function; the dancer must be able to perform the choreography, and safely, in whatever fabric and design are presented.’
    • ‘And, as I have patiently had to explain to costumers in shows I have directed, footwear is very important for the actor.’
    • ‘He keeps me around for when the costumers come back because he couldn't fix their problem.’
    • ‘The costumer does not let them down.’
    • ‘Thankfully, the costumier and my mother returned to the room.’
    • ‘With his death the true loss to mourn is not that of the celebrity designer, but of the outstanding theatrical costumier of his age.’
    • ‘The costumier Tanya took us again to check the costume painting.’


Mid 19th century: from French costumier, from costumer dress in a costume (see costume).