Duds vs Costume - What's the difference?

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Duds is a related term of costume.

As nouns the difference between duds and costume

is that duds is (new england|british|dated) clothing, especially for work or of rough appearance while costume is fancy dress.

As a verb costume is





(en-plural noun)
  • (New England, British, dated) Clothing, especially for work or of rough appearance.
  • * 1890 , (William Morris), (News from Nowhere)'', in the journal '' . (First published in book form 1890.)
  • I looked at what I could see of my rough blue duds , which I had plenty of opportunity of contrasting with the gay attire of the citizens we had come across;
  • * , chapter=7
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=“I don't know how you and the ‘head,’ as you call him, will get on, but I do know that if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. […]”}}
  • English plurals
  • Synonyms

    * (clothing) ** (standard) clothes, clothing, outfit ** (slang) garb, kit, togs





    (en noun)
  • A style of dress, including garments, accessories and hairstyle, especially as characteristic of a particular country, period or people.
  • ''The dancer was wearing Highland costume .
  • An outfit or a disguise worn as fancy dress etc.
  • ''We wore gorilla costumes to the party.
  • A set of clothes appropriate for a particular occasion or season.
  • ''The bride wore a grey going-away costume .


    * outfit

    Derived terms

    * costumal * costume drama * costume jewellery * costume party * costumer, costumier * national costume

    See also

    * uniform


  • To dress or adorn with a costume or appropriate garb.
  • * 1847 , , (Jane Eyre), Chapter XVIII
  • Seated on the carpet, by the side of this basin, was seen Mr. Rochester, costumed in shawls, with a turban on his head. His dark eyes and swarthy skin and Paynim features suited the costume exactly. He looked the very model of an Eastern emir, an agent or a victim of the bowstring.