- (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.
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.
Fly a Union flag when custom dictates it should be the Royal Standard?
In many places, it was custom to place huts outside the villages for smallpox victims.
MN Plastics Michigan-based supplier of custom injection molding products.After Hobby Lobby, These 82 Corporations Could Drop Birth Control Coverage|Abby Haglage|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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’|Kevin Fallon|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The custom seems, however, more prevalent than in any part of India where I have been, the vicinity of Calcutta excepted.An Account of The Kingdom of Nepal|Fancis Buchanan Hamilton
Acts called immoral may be prohibited in such a measure as custom recommends; provocations to immoral acts should be permitted.Philosophic Nights In Paris|Remy De Gourmont
Custom is, to think a handsome thing in private but tame it down in the utterance.The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 6, 1907-1910|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
It has been custom, both here and in France, for a long time back, to receive such persons unofficially.
In the places above mentioned we see it as a game, but still connected with custom.The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Vol II of II)|Alice Bertha Gomme
British Dictionary definitions for custom
- 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)