What does custom mean?

Definitions for custom
ˈkʌs təmcus·tom

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. custom, usage, usancenoun

    accepted or habitual practice

  2. custom, traditionnoun

    a specific practice of long standing

  3. customs, customs duty, custom, impostnoun

    money collected under a tariff

  4. customadjective

    habitual patronage

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

  5. custom-made, customadjective

    made according to the specifications of an individual


  1. customnoun

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

  2. customnoun

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

  3. customnoun

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

  4. customnoun

    Familiar acquaintance; familiarity.

  5. customnoun

    The customary toll, tax, or tribute.

  6. customnoun

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

  7. customverb

    To make familiar; to accustom.

  8. customverb

    To supply with customers.

  9. customverb

    To pay the customs of.

  10. customverb

    To have a custom.

  11. customadjective

    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. Customnoun

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

  2. Customnoun

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

  3. Customnoun

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

  4. Customnoun

    familiar aquaintance; familiarity

  5. Customverb

    to make familiar; to accustom

  6. Customverb

    to supply with customers

  7. Customverb

    to have a custom

  8. Customnoun

    the customary toll, tax, or tribute

  9. Customnoun

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

  10. Customverb

    to pay the customs of

  11. Etymology: [OF. coustume, F. coutume, tax, i. e., the usual tax. See 1st Custom.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Custom

    kus′tum, n. what one is wont to do: usage: frequent repetition of the same act: regular trade or business: a tax on goods: (pl.) duties imposed on imports and exports.—adj. Cus′tomable, customary: common.—adv. Cus′tomarily.—n. Cus′tomariness.—adjs. Cus′tomary, according to use and wont: holding or held by custom; Cus′tomed, accustomed: usual.—ns. Cus′tomer, one accustomed to frequent a certain place of business: a buyer: (slang) a person; Cus′tom-house, the place where customs or duties on exports and imports are collected.—adj. Cus′tom-shrunk (Shak.), having fewer customers than formerly. [O. Fr. custume, costume—L. consuetud-inem, consuescĕre, to accustom.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. custom

    The toll paid by merchants to the crown for goods exported or imported; otherwise called duty.--Custom of the country, a small present to certain authorities in the less frequented ports, being equally gift and bribe.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of custom in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of custom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of custom in a Sentence

  1. H.H. Munro (Saki):

    Monogamy is the Western custom of one wife and hardly any mistresses.

  2. President Obama:

    But I rejected the notion that nothing’s changed, what happened in Ferguson may not be unique, but it’s no longer endemic, or sanctioned by law and custom. And before the Civil Rights Movement, it most surely was.

  3. Nancy Pelosi:

    If you really truly want to honor Dr. King, don't dishonor him by using a congressional custom as an excuse for protecting our democracy.

  4. Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno:

    My beautiful house -- gorgeous, custom home, paid for. No mortgage, which is awesome. ... I took a walk around my house, videotaped my house and pretty much said goodbye.

  5. Federico Rossi:

    Yachts are a conservative business. People generally want the same boat : classic, millennials are used to going outside the general boundaries. For us, it's a great opportunity -- shipyards that can take this [ demographic ] into consideration are only shipyards that build full custom ships.

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