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The word cosplay is a portmanteau, which is a word that blends the spelling and also the meaning of two words. We will look at the definition of cosplay, where the word comes from and some examples of its use in sentences.

Cosplay means the act of portraying a fictional character by dressing up as that character, usually fantasy, science fiction, anime or manga characters. Hardcore cosplay is usually accomplished using homemade costumes, but packaged costumes of various levels of quality are available. The word cosplay is a portmanteau of the words costume and play, it was coined by a Japanese reporter for the magazine My Anime, who was covering the 1984 World Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles, California. Dressing as characters had long been a popular activity for convention-goers before this time. Most cosplayers dress for fun, though some cosplayers are paid to attend conventions because of their impressive costumes. Cosplay may be used as as a noun or a verb, related words are cosplays, cosplayed, cosplaying, cosplayer.


Regarding Park’s preference to cosplay as male characters, she said that other cosplayers don’t see gender, they see the “Big Three,” which are the clothes, the shoes and the hair. (The Union El Camino College)

He had been working part-time as a cleaner to support his family and help pay for his studies but he did not like that job, and learning how to make his own cosplay costumes could lead to an alternative source of supplementary revenue. (The Straits Times)

A craftsman’s plastic processing business in western Japan has finally begun to take off as the exquisite toy weapons he produces become popular with the legion of costume-wearing manga fans known as “cosplayers.” (The Japan Times)

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