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: 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.
: long-established practice considered as unwritten law
: repeated practice
Custom makes all things easy.
: the whole body of usages, practices, or conventions that regulate social life
… family, kinship, and custom constituted the grounds of community.—V. B. Leitch
: duties, tolls, or imposts imposed by the sovereign law of a country on imports or exports
usually singular in construction : the agency, establishment, or procedure for collecting such customs
went through customs at the airport without any difficulty
: business patronage (see patronage sense 4)
: usually habitual patrons : customers
: made or performed according to personal order
: specializing in custom work or operation
a custom tailor
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 See More
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NounThe store also creates unique, custom designs for new jewelry, including engagement rings with black onyx and sapphire stones. —Roxana Becerril, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Mar. 2023 The star chose a custom Armani Privé couture gown, which was entirely embroidered with black sequins and floral appliqués. —Christian Allaire, Vogue, 13 Mar. 2023 The beauty mogul and her stylist Karla Welch settled on a timeless long-sleeve column gown, a custom Saint Laurent creation. —Emma Spedding, Glamour, 13 Mar. 2023 Malala Yousafzai, the activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is wearing a custom silver sequined gown by Ralph Lauren with an integrated headscarf and a train. —Rory Satran, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2023 Filmmaker Lukas Dhont appeared to the ceremony donning a custom Prada suit with a vibrant red top and glittering shirt under. —Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 12 Mar. 2023 Ahead of what could surely be the brand’s biggest year to date, Sarnevesht and team have launched a custom social media converter for creators to transfer their entire video sharing accounts, including usernames, to Triller. —Billboard Staff, Billboard, 10 Mar. 2023 Most manufacturers didn’t accommodate beyond a certain waist size or offer the ability to custom-design special fits. —Dakota Kim, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2023 According to Brides, the custom Michael Cinco gown weighed 100 lbs. —People Staff, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2023
AdjectiveThe prince dressed in full military attire, as is custom, for the event. —Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Mar. 2023 Case in point: Last year, DeLeon accomplished a fashion-food-anthropological trifecta, emblazoning a custom Bode jacket, along with brand founder Emily Bode, with illustrations of his favorite childhood Filipino snacks. —Melissa Magsaysay, ELLE, 16 Mar. 2023 The island in the kitchen is brass, the cabinetry is cerused oak, the countertops are marble, and the light fixtures are custom. —Celia Barbour, ELLE Decor, 14 Mar. 2023 When equipped with the custom-fit weight bag, the Lead Sled FCX will ensure proper, repeatable shots time and time again that also reduce felt recoil up to 95%. —T. Logan Metesh, Field & Stream, 13 Mar. 2023 Cowboy’s premium 4-series e-bikes start at $2,990 / €2,990 and are slathered in sensors, including one for torque that causes the custom 250W rear-hub motor to respond intuitively to each downstroke of the pedal. —Thomas Ricker, The Verge, 9 Mar. 2023 There are also custom Statuarietto kitchen islands, as well as bespoke furnishings in each residence. —Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 7 Mar. 2023 Note: Many compost bags will work, but for the best fit, the company recommends its custom-fit compost bags. —Sarah Wharton, Good Housekeeping, 17 Feb. 2023 For the dedication ceremony, the First Lady wore another custom Markarian look. —Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Feb. 2023 See More
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