custom

noun
cus·​tom | \ ˈkə-stəm How to pronounce custom (audio) \

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

Trump’s takeover of Washington’s holiday custom only went so far. Dan Zak, Washington Post, "Evening in America: What it felt like on Trump’s 4th of July," 5 July 2019 The question of the Irish border, at this point at least, does not appear to be political but economic, more an issue of customs than of constitutions. K. V. Turley, National Review, "Border Posts and Border Ghosts," 1 July 2019 His contractor from Sweeten custom made his new storage space, precisely to Matthew's shoe size—a nine. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Home Has a Hidden Hermès Orange Closet That Can Store 87 Pairs of Shoes," 28 June 2019 Eames and Walsh made custom furnishings for the home, and there is also abundant decorative glass, murals, and site-specific artworks. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Art Deco estate designed by Charles Eames asks $1.9M," 26 June 2019 Many Jewish families left the Communist country after the 1959 revolution, leaving their dead in accordance with Jewish custom that prohibits bodies from being exhumed unless they are taken to their homeland in Israel. Fox News, "Cuba's long forgotten Jewish cemetery, Holocaust monument getting restored," 25 June 2019 Production equipment and assembly lines would need to be dismantled, packed and cleared through customs before they can be shipped to a new location, one industry executive said. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple Explores Moving Some Production Out of China," 20 June 2019 In exchange, they are endorsed with high social standing by the local community which brings them a lot of custom in the face of market pressures. Innan Sasaki, Quartz at Work, "How to build a business that will last centuries," 10 June 2019 While continuing many long-standing traditions, such as a pre-graduation baccalaureate Mass and obligatory white shoes for the graduates, this year’s ceremony broke with one custom. Janice Steinhagen, courant.com, "Academy Of The Holy Family Sends New Graduates Into The World," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Those who reach its top tiers will earn custom character skins, which... Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Bethesda ships Fallout 76's canvas bags and EA dubs loot boxes "surprise mechanics"," 17 June 2019 Allowing brides-to-be the opportunity to more accurately customize their gowns from size 0-24, without the price tag of a completely custom wedding dress. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Bridal Salons to Custom Gowns, Here's Where Size Inclusivity Stands in the Bridal Industry," 19 Apr. 2019 But the spokeswoman said Facebook doesn’t use custom events—the ones that can contain sensitive information—for those purposes. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook.," 22 Feb. 2019 It's all done on custom silicon designed within Apple—a different approach than that taken by any mainstream Android or Windows device. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple walks Ars through the iPad Pro’s A12X system on a chip," 7 Nov. 2018 The drawer fronts of the SEKTION kitchen range can be combined in nine different ways to create a completely custom style. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Doors and Drawers," 11 Feb. 2019 Currently that cost is extraordinary, MIT writes, due to inexperience, extremely custom plant designs, regulatory issues, and financing issues. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Mapping what it would take for a renaissance for nuclear energy," 7 Sep. 2018 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

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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 and Adjective

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

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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
: 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)

chiefly US
: 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 How to pronounce custom (audio) \

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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