- 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.
- 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 of customMiddle English ; from Old French costume ; from Classical Latin consuetudo ; from consuescere, to accustom ; from com-, intensive + 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
- a. A traditional practice or usual way of doing something followed by a social group or people.b. The tradition or body of such practices: The respect that is by custom accorded to the king.
- a. A habitual practice of a person: my custom of reading a little before sleep. See Synonyms at habit.b. Habitual manner or practice: I am not by custom a coffee drinker.
- Law A common tradition or usage so long established that it has the force or validity of law.
- Habitual patronage, as of a store: tried to obtain the custom of the wealthiest shoppers.
- 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: go through customs.
- Tribute, service, or rent paid by a feudal tenant to a lord.
- Made to order: custom suits.
- Specializing in the making or selling of made-to-order goods: a custom tailor.
Origin of customMiddle 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.
- Frequent repetition of the same behavior; way of behavior common to many; ordinary manner; habitual practice; usage; method of doing, living or behaving.
- Habitual buying of goods; practice of frequenting, as a shop, manufactory, etc., for making purchases or giving orders; business support.
- Let him have your custom, but not your votes. - Joseph Addison.
- (law) Long-established practice, considered as unwritten law, and resting for authority on long consent; usage. See Usage, and Prescription.
- Usage is a fact. Custom is a law. There can be no custom without usage, though there may be usage without custom. Wharton.
- The customary toll, tax, or tribute.
- Render, therefore, to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom. Rom. xiii. 7.
- created under particular specifications, specialized, unique, custom-made
- made in a different way from usual, specially to fit one's needs
- My feet are as big as powerboats, so I need custom shoes.
(third-person singular simple present customs, present participle customing, simple past and past participle customed)
From Middle English custume, from Anglo-Norman custume, from Old French coustume, from Vulgar Latin *cōnsuētūmen, from Latin cōnsuētūdinem, accusative singular of cōnsuētūdō (“custom, habit”), from cōnsuēscō (“accustom, habituate”), from con- (“with”) + suēscō (“become used or accustomed”), inchoative form of sueō (“I am accustomed”), perhaps from suus (“one's own, his own”); see consuetude. Displaced native Middle English wune, wone (“custom, habit, practice”) (from Old English wuna (“custom, habit, practice, rite”)), Middle English side, sid (“custom”) (from Old English sidu, sido (“custom, note, manner”)), Middle English cure (“custom, choice, preference”) (from Old English cyre (“choice, choosing, free will”)).
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