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

Liu and his conspirators have been charged with nine counts of wire fraud, seven counts of passing false and fraudulent papers through customs and conspiracy. Amy Gunia, Time, "U.S. Indicts Chinese Billionaire on Charges of Evading $1.8 Billion in Tariffs," 1 Aug. 2019 China has since become the LME’s biggest source of custom. The Economist, "The LME is Europe’s only surviving “open outcry” venue," 1 Aug. 2019 The police department, border control, customs and immigration, the military, and institute of defense are all involved. Sabine Galvis, Science | AAAS, "Q&A: How Ecuador, the world’s largest banana exporter, is defending against a devastating fungus," 23 July 2019 This tablet features a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display, an S-Pen (which comes in the box) and Android with a custom Samsung design, powered by a Quad-Core Qualcomm processor. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Score big savings on Samsung 4K TVs, SSDs, tablets and phones," 16 July 2019 The wedding took place on a beach in California, and Gorgeous wore a custom gown by Project Runway alum Michael Costello. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Beauty YouTuber Gigi Gorgeous Is Married — & No, She Didn't Do Her Own Makeup," 15 July 2019 It was filmed in the largest glass blowing facility in North America, custom-built to accommodate 10 glass blowers working simultaneously. Liz Logan, Smithsonian, "The Spectacle and Drama of Netflix’s New Glassblowing Show Will Shatter Your Expectations," 13 July 2019 The bride wore a custom gown made out of a Make America Great Again flag. Fox News, "Michigan couple's wedding theme celebrates America, Trump," 12 July 2019 The guest speaker at the fundraising event was Springer alumnus Michael Schulte, whose family company Late for the Sky custom-designed a Springer-opoly game for the school. Carole Barnhart/share, Cincinnati.com, "Game-themed celebration a success for Springer School and Center," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Bloomberg has reported that Apple intends to start using its own, custom chips in Macs starting in 2020. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Intel's New 10-Nanometer Chips Have Finally Arrived," 1 Aug. 2019 New York interior designer Alex Papachristidis often designs custom pet beds in chic cottons and florals for clients. Jura Koncius, BostonGlobe.com, "Custom wood kennels, memory foam beds: The wild world of modern pet furniture," 19 July 2019 New York interior designer Alex Papachristidis often designs custom pet beds in chic cottons and florals for clients. Jura Koncius, BostonGlobe.com, "Custom wood kennels, memory foam beds: The wild world of modern pet furniture," 19 July 2019 New York interior designer Alex Papachristidis often designs custom pet beds in chic cottons and florals for clients. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "Custom wood kennels and memory foam beds: Welcome to the wild world of modern pet furniture," 17 July 2019 Most of the shuttle was covered with tile and over 20,000 unique silica blocks needed to be custom fit. Kathryn Tully, Smithsonian, "At 21, Ann Montgomery Became a Lead Engineer at NASA, Managing the Cameras and Other Crucial Gear Used on the Moon," 1 Apr. 2012 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

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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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