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custom house

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

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noun

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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custom house

customs house


noun

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