cus·​tom·​ar·​i·​ly ˌkə-stə-ˈmer-ə-lē How to pronounce customarily (audio)
: by or according to custom or established practice
clothing customarily worn for formal celebrations
: in accordance with what is customary or usual
the order in which the different courses are customarily served
In addition to administering the oath of office to the president on Inauguration Day, the chief justice customarily administers two oaths to each of his new colleagues.John Paul Stevens

Examples of customarily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Kennedy Center Honors gala is customarily attended by the president, though Donald and Melania Trump skipped it while in the White House. Adam Carlson, ABC News, 3 Dec. 2023 Freed prisoners are customarily hailed as returning heroes. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2023 This pie is idyllic comfort food with a combination of many common pantry ingredients not customarily found together. Nik Pugmire, Southern Living, 12 Nov. 2023 In short order, Fiennes’ on-screen Dahl conjures the character of Henry Sugar, an idly wealthy 1930s bachelor — and a real-life person, we’re told, hiding under a false name — played by a customarily dapper Benedict Cumberbatch. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2023 Oil is customarily priced in dollars, and converting most currencies to dollars is costly. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2023 As Sanlorenzo customarily breaks the rules of yacht design to create new ways of living on board, the newcomer also has a layout that sets her apart from her predecessors. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 14 Aug. 2023 Should a company — or a country — run into financial trouble, bondholders customarily have high status among creditors. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2023 In an announcement—customarily released well in advance—Pope Francis outlined that his theme for World Peace Day in 2024 will focus on Artificial Intelligence and Peace. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 10 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of customarily was in 1576

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“Customarily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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