- a habitual practice; the usual way of acting in given circumstances.
- habits or usages collectively; convention.
- a practice so long established that it has the force of law.
- such practices collectively.
- Sociology. a group pattern of habitual activity usually transmitted from one generation to another.
- toll; duty.
- (used with a singular or plural verb)duties imposed by law on imported or, less commonly, exported goods.
- (used with a singular verb)the government department that collects these duties.
- (used with a singular verb)the section of an airport, station, etc., where baggage is checked for contraband and for goods subject to duty.
- regular patronage of a particular shop, restaurant, etc.
- the customers or patrons of a business firm, collectively.
- the aggregate of customers.
- (in medieval Europe) a customary tax, tribute, or service owed by peasants to their lord.
- made specially for individual customers: custom shoes.
- dealing in things so made, or doing work to order: a custom tailor.
Origin of custom
Examples from the Web for custom
He slept in an upright position in a custom armchair, so the reasons for his lying down to sleep are open to speculation.The True Story of ‘The Elephant Man’
November 3, 2014
Fly a Union flag when custom dictates it should be the Royal Standard?Inside The Palace Panic After Diana's Death
September 23, 2014
In many places, it was custom to place huts outside the villages for smallpox victims.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
MN Plastics Michigan-based supplier of custom injection molding products.After Hobby Lobby, These 82 Corporations Could Drop Birth Control Coverage
June 30, 2014
“I can build a custom motorcycle from scratch, can weld, and worked as a lube guy at a GM dealership,” Dustykatt says.Inside the Bizarre World of ‘Bronies,’ Adult Male Fans of ‘My Little Pony’
May 1, 2014
I supposed this to be a custom with the colored population of Turkey, and passed on.
The conditions are appalling, but, according to the custom of the country, they are "moral."The Conquest of Fear
As was his custom, he wore no overcoat, but a short sweater under his coat.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
His hand came under my chin as his custom was in giving orders.
This is the custom of the Indians when they are about to fight,--they hide their families.
- a usual or habitual practice; typical mode of behaviour
- the long-established habits or traditions of a society collectively; conventioncustom dictates good manners
- a practice which by long-established usage has come to have the force of law
- such practices collectively (esp in the phrase custom and practice)
- habitual patronage, esp of a shop or business
- the customers of a shop or business collectively
- (in feudal Europe) a tribute paid by a vassal to his lord
- made to the specifications of an individual customer (often in the combinations custom-built, custom-made)
- specializing in goods so made
Word Origin and History for custom
c.1200, "habitual practice," from Old French costume "custom, habit, practice; clothes, dress" (12c., Modern French coutume), from Vulgar Latin *consuetumen, from Latin consuetudinem (nominative consuetudo) "habit, usage, way, practice, tradition, familiarity," from consuetus, past participle of consuescere "accustom," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + suescere "become used to, accustom oneself," related to sui, genitive of suus "oneself," from PIE *swe- "oneself" (see idiom). Replaced Old English þeaw. Sense of a "regular" toll or tax on goods is early 14c. The native word here is toll.
"made to measure or order," c.1830, from custom (n.).