Definition of cosplay in English:

cosplay

Pronunciation /ˈkɒzpleɪ/ /ˈkɒspleɪ/

noun

mass noun
  • The practice of dressing up as a character from a film, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga or anime.

    • ‘About 3 years now, I started by helping make my friends their costumes for anime cosplay activities.’
    • ‘To see heroes of Paragon City in real life is to see a bleak view of an all cosplay future.’
    • ‘I had convention dreams last night, with lots of references to Auckland Armageddon, esp a certain winner of the cosplay awards.’
    • ‘Why they look like refugees from Star Wars cosplay, I don't know.’
    • ‘The costumes in it make me and Sis want to cosplay.’
    • ‘Pluses to cosplay is that may sewing skills do improve every year.’
    • ‘You might think it would be easy to meet women who paint themselves blue and make their way around the world in inventive PVC cosplay outfits.’
    • ‘This is the same 2 year old that was Kero in the cosplay this year.’
    • ‘Anyway there are plans in the making for a cosplay photo shoot so I'll be getting some use out of my costume.’
    • ‘The most popular of cosplay themes are the Anime character and Gothic Lolita look.’
    • ‘Cosplay is almost always mask free and draws on various video game, manga and anime characters.’
    • ‘Nao Oikawa has done a fair amount of this adult cosplay work.’
    • ‘I quickly found cosplay is very addictive, and have done it at every convention since.’
    • ‘In 1990, Project A-kon in Dallas, Texas, was one of the first US anime conventions to feature a cosplay contest.’
    • ‘I don't think any of them are entering the cosplay competition this year but they do know others who are and some are thinking of entering next year.’
    • ‘Here is an awesome entry from Matt chronicling the whole cosplay experience, from one who has never done it before.’
    • ‘Sunday was full of cosplay.’
    • ‘So, there's a broader approach that includes other Otaku passtimes: model making, posters, cosplay, videogames.’
    • ‘Well, apparently there was some sort of cosplay convention nearby, because there were a bunch of people in odd costumes wandering in the area, munching cheeseburgers.’
    • ‘I could see that maybe some of the people that just watched the cosplay might have thought that she had bought it but she did much work on it.’

verb

[no object]
  • Engage in cosplay.

    • ‘The costumes in it make me and Sis want to cosplay.’
    • ‘When you have the second largest economy in the world and unlimited potential for goodness, what is there to do but cosplay?’
    • ‘Was very impressed with the professional way the judging was handled, and my faith in cosplaying is now restored.’

Origin

1990s blend of costume and play after Japanese kosupure, ultimately from English costume play.

Pronunciation

cosplay

/ˈkɒzpleɪ/ /ˈkɒspleɪ/