- 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 customs
“Times, people, and places have changed, along with different lifestyles and customs,” Maria says.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won
October 13, 2014
“The acts [are] at odds with morality and customs that are penalized by Dominican laws,” the letter also read.Miley Cyrus Goes To War Against the Dominican Republic Government
September 3, 2014
The aircraft stops once to clear South African customs, then flies on to Botswana.South Africa’s Great Rhino Airlift
August 17, 2014
Customs and Border Protection would prefer the term “humanitarian campaign.”The Government Is Using Subliminal Songs To Scare Immigrants
July 12, 2014
The customs officials insisted that he submit to fingerprinting before he was allowed to board his connecting flight.Jafar Panahi: Filmmaking Ban Is My Iranian Prison
July 8, 2014
They thought their own habits and customs just a trifle better than those of anybody else.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
It is curious to observe how customs and ceremonies degenerate.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Manners and customs change no less quickly than headgear and skirts.In the Heart of Vosges
The baron guessed at this circumstance from the customs of that age, and happened to be in the right.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
There was in this man an Oriental nobility choked by Western fashion and customs.My Double Life
- duty on imports or exports
- the government department responsible for the collection of these duties
- the part of a port, airport, frontier station, etc, where baggage and freight are examined for dutiable goods and contraband
- the procedure for examining baggage and freight, paying duty, etc
- (as modifier)customs officer
- 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 customs
"made to measure or order," c.1830, from custom (n.).
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.