What’s the difference between “wearing a costume” and “cosplay”?

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What’s the difference between “wearing a costume” and “cosplay”?

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Originally, cosplay meant wearing the costume *and* pretending to be the character.

The term became so popular it kind of changed meaning into wearing a costume *of* a particular fictional character. So if you dress up as Batman or Godzilla that might be considered cosplay, but if you dress up as a ghost or a cowboy that’s just a costume.