adjective cus·tom·ary \ˈkəs-tə-ˌmer-ē, -ˌme-rē\

: usually done in a particular situation or at a particular place or time

: usual or typical of a particular person

Full Definition of CUSTOMARY

:  based on or established by custom
:  commonly practiced, used, or observed
cus·tom·ar·i·ly \ˌkəs-tə-ˈmer-ə-lē, -ˈme-rə-\ adverb
cus·tom·ar·i·ness \ˈkəs-tə-ˌmer-ē-nəs, -ˌme-rē-\ noun

Examples of CUSTOMARY

  1. He forgot the customary thank you.
  2. It is customary to hold the door open for someone who is entering a building behind you.
  3. She dressed in her customary fashion.
  4. He did the work with his customary efficiency.

First Known Use of CUSTOMARY


Synonym Discussion of CUSTOMARY

usual, customary, habitual, wonted, accustomed mean familiar through frequent or regular repetition. usual stresses the absence of strangeness or unexpectedness <my usual order for lunch>. customary applies to what accords with the practices, conventions, or usages of an individual or community <the customary waiting period before the application is approved>. habitual suggests a practice settled or established by much repetition <a habitual morning routine>. wonted stresses habituation but usually applies to what is favored, sought, or purposefully cultivated <his wonted determination>. accustomed is less emphatic than wonted or habitual in suggesting fixed habit or invariable custom <accepted the compliment with her accustomed modesty>.
CUSTOMARY Defined for Kids


adjective cus·tom·ary \ˈkə-stə-ˌmer-ē\

Definition of CUSTOMARY for Kids

:  usual in a particular situation or at a particular place or time <Throwing a … net was the customary method of capture. — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot>
:  typical of a particular person <She answered with her customary cheerfulness.>


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