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"The costume"

Translation:Il costume

March 19, 2013



Costume in American English does not mean bathing suit as it does in Italian. Costume is something you wear to a masquerade. I'm not sure what the editors mean when they use this word.

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Costume in Italian can refer both to swimsuits (as a shortening of "costume da bagno") and to something you wear to a masquerade. So it's quite obvious what is meant here: https://www.amazon.it/costumi-carnevale/s?k=costumi+di+carnevale


If costume is masculine Why is it not Il costumo?


The noun/adjective singular ending is not always -o/-a. "costume" is derived from Latin cōnsuētūdō (ending in -o), but indirectly, via Vulgar Latin *costumen, simplified to "costume" as words in italian normally end in a vowel.


So, does this also mean bathing suit as it says elsewhere in Duolingo...?


I've learnt the word il completo for mens costume.


I think you mean a man's suit, or business suit.


Yes I do. -English is not my oqn language, maybe I get the English costume wrong.


A costume is usually a set of clothes that is worn in theatrical plays, or at certain kinds of parties (Halloween, Mardi Gras, costume parties, etc.) or to depict a style of clothing from the past (for example, at some historical museums). A woman's suit is still sometimes called a costume in British English, and British English sometimes calls swimwear "swimming costumes", while Americans prefer to say "swimsuits" or "bathing suits". :)

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