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1custom

noun cus·tom \ˈkəs-təm\

: an action or way of behaving that is usual and traditional among the people in a particular group or place

: something that is done regularly by a person

customs : taxes or fees that are paid to the government when goods come into or go out of a country

Full Definition of CUSTOM

1
a :  a usage or practice common to many or to a particular place or class or habitual with an individual
b :  long-established practice considered as unwritten law
c :  repeated practice
d :  the whole body of usages, practices, or conventions that regulate social life
2
plural
a :  duties, tolls, or imposts imposed by the sovereign law of a country on imports or exports
b usually singular in construction :  the agency, establishment, or procedure for collecting such customs
3
a :  business patronage
b :  usu. habitual patrons :  customers
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Examples of CUSTOM

  1. It is the custom for the bride to wear a white dress on her wedding day.
  2. According to custom, the festivities begin at dusk.
  3. It's a matter of custom.
  4. We went through customs at the airport without any difficulty.
  5. It took us a long time to clear customs at the border.

Origin of CUSTOM

Middle English custume, from Anglo-French, from Latin consuetudin-, consuetudo, from consuescere to accustom, from com- + suescere to accustom; akin to suus one's own — more at suicide
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of CUSTOM

habit, practice, usage, custom, wont mean a way of acting fixed through repetition. habit implies a doing unconsciously and often compulsively <had a habit of tapping his fingers>. practice suggests an act or method followed with regularity and usually through choice <our practice is to honor all major credit cards>. usage suggests a customary action so generally followed that it has become a social norm <western-style dress is now common usage in international business>. custom applies to a practice or usage so steadily associated with an individual or group as to have almost the force of unwritten law <the custom of wearing black at funerals>. wont usually applies to an habitual manner, method, or practice of an individual or group <as was her wont, she slept until noon>.

Rhymes with CUSTOM

2custom

adjective

: made to fit the needs or requirements of a particular person

: doing work that fits the needs or requirements of a particular person

Full Definition of CUSTOM

1
:  made or performed according to personal order
2
:  specializing in custom work or operation <a custom tailor>

Examples of CUSTOM

  1. The new kitchen will have custom cabinets.
  2. <that business tycoon wears only custom suits>

First Known Use of CUSTOM

1830
CUSTOMS Defined for Kids

1custom

noun cus·tom \ˈkə-stəm\

Definition of CUSTOM for Kids

1
:  the usual way of doing things :  the usual practice
2
customs plural :  duties or taxes paid on imports or exports
3
:  support given to a business by its customers <Buyers grew tired of waiting … and … took their custom elsewhere. — Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard>

2custom

adjective

Definition of CUSTOM for Kids

1
:  made or done to personal order <custom furniture>
2
:  specializing in work done to personal order <a custom printer>

Headscratcher for CUSTOM

Custom means the usual way of doing things, but custom can also mean that something has been made according to a special order.

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