Definitions for Customˈkʌs təm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cus•tom*ˈkʌs təm(n.)

  1. a habitual practice; the usual way of acting in given circumstances.

  2. habits or usages collectively; convention.

  3. a practice so long established that it has the force of law.

  4. such practices collectively.

  5. customs, (used with a sing. or pl. v.) duties imposed by law on imported or, sometimes, exported goods. (used with a sing. v.) the government department that collects these duties. (used with a sing. v.) the section of an airport, station, etc., where baggage is checked for contraband and for goods subject to duty.

    Category: Law, Government

  6. regular patronage of a shop, restaurant, etc.

  7. customers or patrons collectively.

  8. a customary tax, tribute, or service due by feudal tenants to their lord.

  9. (adj.)made specially for individual customers:

    custom shoes.

  10. dealing in things so made, or doing work to order:

    a custom tailor.

* Syn: custom , habit , practice mean an established way of doing things. custom , applied to a community or to an individual, implies a more or less permanent way of acting reinforced by tradition and social attitudes: the custom of giving gifts at Christmas. habit , applied particularly to an individual, implies such repetition of the same action as to develop a natural, spontaneous, or rooted tendency or inclination to perform it: He has an annoying habit of interrupting the speaker. practice applies to a regularly followed procedure or pattern in conducting activities: It is his practice to verify all statements.

Origin of custom:

1150–1200; ME custume < AF; OF costume < VL *consuētūminem, for L consuētūdinem, acc. of consuētūdō habit

Princeton's WordNet

  1. custom, usage, usance(noun)

    accepted or habitual practice

  2. custom, tradition(noun)

    a specific practice of long standing

  3. customs, customs duty, custom, impost(noun)

    money collected under a tariff

  4. custom(adj)

    habitual patronage

    "I have given this tailor my custom for many years"

  5. custom-made, custom(adj)

    made according to the specifications of an individual

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. custom(noun)ˈkʌs təm

    a traditional behavior

    the custom of eating with your right hand; It's the custom for wedding guests to bring gifts.


  1. custom(Noun)

    Frequent repetition of the same behavior; way of behavior common to many; ordinary manner; habitual practice; usage; method of doing, living or behaving.

  2. custom(Noun)

    Habitual buying of goods; practice of frequenting, as a shop, manufactory, etc., for making purchases or giving orders; business support.

  3. custom(Noun)

    Long-established practice, considered as unwritten law, and resting for authority on long consent; usage. See Usage, and Prescription.

  4. custom(Noun)

    Familiar acquaintance; familiarity.

  5. custom(Noun)

    The customary toll, tax, or tribute.

  6. custom(Noun)

    created under particular specifications, specialized, unique, custom-made

  7. custom(Verb)

    To make familiar; to accustom.

  8. custom(Verb)

    To supply with customers.

  9. custom(Verb)

    To pay the customs of.

  10. custom(Verb)

    To have a custom.

  11. custom(Adjective)

    made in a different way from usual, specially to fit one's needs

    My feet are as big as powerboats, so I need custom shoes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Custom(noun)

    frequent repetition of the same act; way of acting common to many; ordinary manner; habitual practice; usage; method of doing or living

  2. Custom(noun)

    habitual buying of goods; practice of frequenting, as a shop, manufactory, etc., for making purchases or giving orders; business support

  3. Custom(noun)

    long-established practice, considered as unwritten law, and resting for authority on long consent; usage. See Usage, and Prescription

  4. Custom(noun)

    familiar aquaintance; familiarity

  5. Custom(verb)

    to make familiar; to accustom

  6. Custom(verb)

    to supply with customers

  7. Custom(verb)

    to have a custom

  8. Custom(noun)

    the customary toll, tax, or tribute

  9. Custom(noun)

    duties or tolls imposed by law on commodities, imported or exported

  10. Custom(verb)

    to pay the customs of


  1. Custom

    Custom in law is the established pattern of behavior that can be objectively verified within a particular social setting. A claim can be carried out in defense of "what has always been done and accepted by law." Related is the idea of prescription; a right enjoyed through long custom rather than positive law. Customary law exists where: ⁕a certain legal practice is observed and ⁕the relevant actors consider it to be law. Most customary laws deal with standards of community that have been long-established in a given locale. However the term can also apply to areas of international law where certain standards have been nearly universal in their acceptance as correct bases of action - in example, laws against piracy or slavery. In many, though not all instances, customary laws will have supportive court rulings and case law that has evolved over time to give additional weight to their rule as law and also to demonstrate the trajectory of evolution in the interpretation of such law by relevant courts.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Custom' in Nouns Frequency: #1181

Translations for Custom

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


what a person etc is in the habit of doing or does regularly

It's my custom to go for a walk on Saturday mornings; religious customs.

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