A measurement of looks, photoshop skills, number of 'likes', and race. An overall contest.
"I want to cosplay, but I don't have the body type of my character."
"Then don't do it. You won't win."
by MisoOnRacks April 07, 2015

n. The habitual act of dressing up like comic book or cartoon characters favored by enthusiasts, nerds, and batshit weirdos with a loose grip on reality.
"There was an alarming rise in tentacle-rape incidents at this year's anime cosplay convention."
by Alan Wordsmithee March 13, 2012
Costume play
People who dress up as their favorite characters in general
sexual in nature
Moron who dresses up like they're favorite anime character is engaging in cos play.
by smokinnuggs July 11, 2009
In Japan, "cosplay" or "costume play" seems to mean no more than "wearing a costume or something that looks like a costume". If somebody is walking around dolled-up or in a funny-looking outfit, everybody just calls them a cosplayer.
I have heard Japanese people refer to Visual kei artists as "cosplay pretty boys". And they are obviously not dressed up as anime characters.

Lolita fashion is originally NOT cosplay, but a legitimate fashion. Is Goth cosplay?
by Kuroloki June 30, 2006
Cosplay is a portmanteau of the words costume and roleplay. Generally, depressed lifeless Japanese wannabees tend to dress up in shoddy costumes ordered on the internet, before running to their towns dressed in a white wig, claiming to be the ultimate bishie (Sephiroth), and stealing the pudding from the town.
After the teenagers that spoke in a strange combination of Japanese and English attacked the town, no pudding was left. The townspeople were to only eat applesauce that night.

by Wanghis November 15, 2008
Short for 'Costume-play." More or less the act of dressing up as an anime oor video game character. Popular among anime fans and teenage Japanese girls.
"I want to have sex with Japanese girls who dress up as anime characters (cosplay)."
by DesPERRYado October 16, 2005
Abbreviated for Costume Play

Mostly used for Anime and Comic fans that like to dress up as their favorite characters and go to conventions or other themed events. The costumes are usually home made and will include all the accessories the characters has (weapons, luggage, pets, etc) . Strangely, it’s not uncommon to see Males dress up as female characters and Females dress up like Male characters.

Sadly, 90% of them look like big fucking dorks, mostly because THEY ARE big fucking dorks, meanwhile the other 10% who are always female look pretty hot in an almost fetish manner.
I can’t wait for Anime Expo 2006! i've got my cosplay almost ready to go! I’m gonna dress up like one of the demons from Legend of The Overfiend! I just hope I can find enough dildos!
by Mr Wall January 09, 2006
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