- The definition of custom is made or designed specifically for an individual.
An example of custom is a wedding gown that the bride designed herself.
- Custom is defined as a tradition or a usual way to behave.
An example of custom is Catholics giving up meat on Fridays during Lent.
custom definition by Webster's New World
- a usual practice or habitual way of behaving; habit
- a social convention carried on by tradition and enforced by social disapproval of any violation
- such practices, collectively
- under feudalism, a service, rent, etc. regularly paid to a lord
- duties or taxes imposed by a government on imported and, occasionally, exported goods
- the government agency in charge of collecting these duties, or any of its offices
- the regular support or patronage of a business establishment
- customers as a group
- Law such usage as by common consent and long-established, uniform practice has taken on the force of law
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French costume ; from Classical Latin consuetudo ; from consuescere, to accustom ; from com-, intensive plush suescere, to become accustomed ; from suere, to be accustomed, akin to suus, one's own: for Indo-European base see suicide
- made or done to order or, sometimes, made extra fine, as if to order
- making things to order, or dealing in things made to order: a custom tailor
custom definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A practice followed by people of a particular group or region.
- A habitual practice of a person: my custom of reading a little before sleep. See Synonyms at habit.
- Law A common tradition or usage so long established that it has the force or validity of law.
- a. Habitual patronage, as of a store.b. Habitual customers; patrons.
- customsa. Duties or taxes imposed on imported and, less commonly, exported goods.b. (used with a sing. verb) The governmental agency authorized to collect these duties.c. (used with a sing. verb) The procedure for inspecting goods and baggage entering a country.
- Tribute, service, or rent paid by a feudal tenant to a lord.
- Made to order.
- Specializing in the making or selling of made-to-order goods: a custom tailor.
Origin: Middle English custume, from Old French costume, from Latin cōnsuētūdō, cōnsuētūdin-, from cōnsuētus, past participle of cōnsuēscere, to accustom : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + suēscere, to become accustomed; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.
custom - Legal Definition