Custom definition

kŭstəm
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A usual practice or habitual way of behaving; habit.
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Made to order.

Custom suits.

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Under feudalism, a service, rent, etc. regularly paid to a lord.
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A social convention carried on by tradition and enforced by social disapproval of any violation.
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Making things to order, or dealing in things made to order.

A custom tailor.

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Made or done to order or, sometimes, made extra fine, as if to order.
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(law) A common tradition or usage so long established that it has the force or validity of law.
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Tribute, service, or rent paid by a feudal tenant to a lord.
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See usage of trade.
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Habitual patronage, as of a store.

Tried to obtain the custom of the wealthiest shoppers.

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The governmental agency authorized to collect these duties.
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A traditional practice or usual way of doing something followed by a social group or people.
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A habitual practice of a person.

My custom of reading a little before sleep.

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Habitual manner or practice.

I am not by custom a coffee drinker.

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Duties or taxes imposed on imported and, less commonly, exported goods.
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The procedure for inspecting goods and baggage entering a country.

Go through customs.

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(law) Such usage as by common consent and long-established, uniform practice has taken on the force of law.
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Such practices, collectively.
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Duties or taxes imposed by a government on imported and, occasionally, exported goods.
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The government agency in charge of collecting these duties, or any of its offices.
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The regular support or patronage of a business establishment.
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Customers as a group.
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A practice, particularly in business, that is so old and universal that it has obtained the force of law.
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Frequent repetition of the same behavior; way of behavior common to many; ordinary manner; habitual practice; usage; method of doing, living or behaving.

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Habitual buying of goods; practice of frequenting, as a shop, manufactory, etc., for making purchases or giving orders; business support.
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(law) Long-established practice, considered as unwritten law, and resting for authority on long consent; usage. See Usage, and Prescription.
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The customary toll, tax, or tribute.
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Created under particular specifications, specialized, unique, custom-made.
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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.

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(obsolete) To make familiar; to accustom.

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(obsolete) To supply with customers.

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(obsolete) To pay the customs of.
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(obsolete, intransitive) To have a custom.

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Specializing in the making or selling of made-to-order goods.

A custom tailor.

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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.

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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.

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The tradition or body of such practices.

The respect that is by custom accorded to the king.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
custom
Plural:
customs

Origin of custom

  • Middle English custume from Old French costume from Latin cōnsuētūdō cōnsuētūdin- from cōnsuētus past participle of cōnsuēscere to accustom com- intensive pref. com– suēscere to become accustomed s(w)e- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”)).

    From Wiktionary