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custom house

or cus·tom·house, customs house, cus·toms·house

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noun
  1. a government building or office, as at a seaport, for collecting customs, clearing vessels, etc.
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Origin of custom house

First recorded in 1480–90
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Examples from the Web for custom house

Historical Examples

  • This raised a storm: the planters, the custom-house, and the governor, were all against him.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

    Robert Southey

  • See that I have my trunks, for there was nothing about the Custom-house in my contract.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • We are only three squares away, just here in Custom-house street.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • Finding prices too much alike in Custom-house street they turned into Burgundy.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • What was she so anxious to conceal from the custom-house officers?


British Dictionary definitions for custom house

custom house

customs house

noun
  1. a government office, esp at a port, where customs are collected and ships cleared for entry
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