- (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.
- custom house,
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
- 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)
Word Origin 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.).