custom

noun
cus·​tom | \ˈkə-stəm \

Definition of custom 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a usage or practice common to many or to a particular place or class or habitual with an individual It is the custom in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. funeral customs

b : long-established practice considered as unwritten law

c : repeated practice Custom makes all things easy.

d : the whole body of usages, practices, or conventions that regulate social life … family, kinship, and custom constituted the grounds of community.— V. B. Leitch

2 customs 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 went through customs at the airport without any difficulty

3a : business patronage (see patronage sense 4)

b : usually habitual patrons : customers

custom

adjective

Definition of custom (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : made or performed according to personal order

2 : specializing in custom work or operation a custom tailor

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Noun

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 a habitual manner, method, or practice of an individual or group. as was her wont, she slept until noon

Examples of custom in a Sentence

Noun

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

Adjective

The new kitchen will have custom cabinets. that business tycoon wears only custom suits
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The dress was custom-made but based on their beaded silk satin column gown, which was previously on sale in navy. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Meghan Markle’s Tonga Dress Designer Figured Out She Was Pregnant," 25 Oct. 2018 The 26-year-old man arrived on a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and presented a French passport at customs. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: New facial recognition tech nabbed its first imposter trying to enter the U.S.," 24 Aug. 2018 The festival’s other events include a July 20 Golf Scramble at Lost Marsh Golf Course near George Lake, and a July 22 hot rod and custom car show at Wolf Lake Memorial Park. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Festival of the Lakes salutes '90s music," 5 July 2018 Pterodo is a custom backdoor used to insert other malware and collect information. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Ukraine detects new Pterodo backdoor malware, warns of Russian cyberattack," 20 Nov. 2018 The low-maintenance yard is spacious thanks to a large lot size, while drought-resistant plants complement a custom built Obechi wood bench, poured concrete planters, and low-temperature artificial grass. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Double A-frame Eichler in Northern California asks $2.7M," 25 Sep. 2018 Instagram Stories have become very important for Framebridge, the custom framing startup, says CEO Susan Tynan. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Stores and Stories: How two successful consumer startups find their customers," 17 Sep. 2018 And as the custom goes, this grand reveal will take place at a swanky gathering at Apple's Steve Jobs Theater at its California headquarters, attended by some of the most prominent people in the tech industry. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "The New iPhone Will Be Announced on September 12," 30 Aug. 2018 For pricing on a custom 2.6 to 3.0 meter (approx. 8.5 to 9.8 feet) hammock bathtub, send your enquiries to the Splinter Works team here. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Hammock Bathtub Is Unlike Anything You've Ever Seen Before," 28 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

To facilitate their research, biologists regularly order short, custom pieces of DNA from companies that specialize in their manufacture. R. Daniel Bressler, Vox, "“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab," 6 Dec. 2018 In the backyard, Arne Jacobsen wicker chairs from Sika Design and a side table from JF Chen; custom fireplace screen, Studio Forge. Jenni Konner, ELLE Decor, "Jewelry Designer Irene Neuwirth Takes Us Inside Her Eclectic Los Angeles Home," 13 July 2018 AUTO Show off your classic, antique or custom car at On the Edge Bar and Grill, 6815 W. Edgerton Ave. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "21 Things-to-do in the southwest suburbs in July," 29 June 2018 The kitchen is equipped with a custom steel island on casters, made by Michael Daniel Metal Design, so it can be rolled out to the deck and used as a buffet for outdoor dinners. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "A Shipshape House in the Hamptons," 19 June 2018 For YouTube creators, catching the eyes of potential new viewers starts with a good, custom thumbnail. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "YouTube kills some creators’ custom-made thumbnail images in latest experiment," 28 June 2018 Geff worked in the automotive business, specializing in custom auto body and repair. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Geoffrey S. Grocki," 3 June 2018 Gerde is currently working on a book about minimalist living and home-schools their son, so custom workspace and storage were built-in to tuck their school supplies away after-hours. Rachel Raczk, chicagotribune.com, "How do couples live in tiny homes without killing each other?," 17 May 2017 The parade will include custom bike builders, stunt teams, charitable groups and HOG chapters, as well as a few surprise guests. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 picks for Harley’s 115th Labor Day anniversary," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of custom

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1757, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for custom

Noun

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

Adjective

see custom entry 1

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custom

noun

English Language Learners Definition of custom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

custom

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of custom (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

custom

noun
cus·​tom | \ˈkə-stəm \

Kids Definition of custom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

custom

adjective

Kids Definition of custom (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : made or done to personal order custom furniture

2 : specializing in work done to personal order a custom printer

custom

noun
cus·​tom

Legal Definition of custom 

1 : a practice common to many or to a particular place or institution especially : a long-established practice that is generally recognized as having the force of law — see also section 1983 — compare usage

2  plural

a : duties, tolls, or imposts imposed by the law of a country on imports or exports

b usually singular in construction : the agency, establishment, or procedure for collecting such customs

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