Custom meaning

kŭs'təm
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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A usual practice or habitual way of behaving; habit.
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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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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 customary toll, tax, or tribute.
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(obsolete, intransitive) To have a custom.

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Made to order.

Custom suits.

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Made or done to order or, sometimes, made extra fine, as if to order.
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Specializing in the making or selling of made-to-order goods.

A custom tailor.

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Such usage as by common consent and long-established, uniform practice has taken on the force of law.
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Making things to order, or dealing in things made to order.

A custom tailor.

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See usage of trade.
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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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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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Tribute, service, or rent paid by a feudal tenant to a lord.
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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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A common tradition or usage so long established that it has the force or validity of law.
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Habitual patronage, as of a store.

Tried to obtain the custom of the wealthiest shoppers.

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Under feudalism, a service, rent, etc. regularly paid to a lord.
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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