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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



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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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 reimagined piece, however, which was two years in the making, features a total of 578 diamonds, including 353 round brilliant stones and 224 custom-cut baguettes. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 22 Nov. 2021 Corbitt can also do a custom Panama straw hat, a breathable go-to for warmer months, for $275. Matt Wake |, al, 22 Nov. 2021 But instead, attached to the end of each of those robot arms is a custom squeegee. Steven Levy, Wired, 19 Nov. 2021 The store offers custom pottery, afghans, books, prints and other items not available elsewhere. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 19 Nov. 2021 Peloton instructor Emma Lovewell teamed with denim label Sene to create jeans that are custom-fit to each customer. Kaitlyn Frey,, 19 Nov. 2021 Its custom chips that power the iPhone, iPad, and Mac are industry leaders. Chris Smith, BGR, 18 Nov. 2021 Stacey Thorpe can put together a custom 1-pound box of See’s Candies, gift-wrapped, in five minutes or less. Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2021 The idea was to throw a festive Saturday lunch in the hotel’s garden, complete with custom pillows for sprawling out in the sunshine that Sciò had made for the occasion, followed by music and dancing. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective It’s now being sold furnished, complete with custom Italian furniture. Robyn A. Friedman,, 14 Oct. 2021 Italian millwork runs throughout the home, and the 11,709-square-foot estate also comes with custom Italian furniture. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2021 The semi-custom vessels aim to bring a touch of sophistication to the expedition class, combining sleek design with a steel hull hearty enough to venture into rough waters. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 16 Sep. 2021 Most recently, his iconic Bird On A Rock pendant became custom cuff links for Jay Z in a new series of Tiffany ads. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 20 Sep. 2021 Grove, 54, is vice president and corporate counsel for Karsten Manufacturing, the parent company of PING, which specializes in custom-fit equipment. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 9 Sep. 2021 The Here for Texas Mental Health Navigation Line can connect callers with custom mental-health resources and can be reached at 972-525-8181 or by visiting Julianna Morano, Dallas News, 4 Aug. 2021 The kitchen is appointed with custom Amish cabinets, tile backsplash, premium appliances, a large island and copper sink. cleveland, 13 Aug. 2021 Its pro cooktop offers plenty of modern power, cloaked by custom European-style black metal cabinetry trimmed in unlacquered brass. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 July 2021

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First Known Use of custom


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


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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



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


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



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



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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