[ kuhs-tuh-mer-ee ]
See synonyms for: customarycustomarily on

  1. according to or depending on custom; usual; habitual.

  2. of or established by custom rather than law.

  1. Law. defined by long-continued practices:the customary service due from land in a manor.

noun,plural cus·tom·ar·ies.
  1. a book or document containing the legal customs or customary laws of a locality.

  2. any body of such customs or laws.

Origin of customary

First recorded in 1375–1425; 1515–25 for current senses; late Middle English, from Medieval Latin custumārius,customārius, equivalent to costum(i)a, “custom” (also in Vulgar Latin; see custom) + -ārius-ary

synonym study For customary

1. See usual.

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Other words from customary

  • cus·tom·ar·i·ly [kuhs-tuh-mer-uh-lee; for emphasis, kuhs-tuh-mair-uh-lee], /ˈkʌs təˌmɛr ə li; for emphasis, ˌkʌs təˈmɛər ə li/, adverb
  • non·cus·tom·ar·i·ly, adverb
  • non·cus·tom·ar·y, adjective
  • un·cus·tom·ar·i·ly, adverb
  • un·cus·tom·ar·y, adjective

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How to use customary in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for customary


/ (ˈkʌstəmərɪ, -təmrɪ) /

  1. in accordance with custom or habitual practice; usual; habitual

  2. law

    • founded upon long continued practices and usage rather than law

    • (of land, esp a feudal estate) held by custom

nounplural -aries
    • a statement in writing of customary laws and practices

    • a body of such laws and customs

Derived forms of customary

  • customarily, adverb
  • customariness, noun

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