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

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
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
a :  business patronage
b :  usu. habitual patrons :  customers

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

Rhymes with CUSTOM



: 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

:  made or performed according to personal order
:  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



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