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custom

[ kuhs-tuh m ]
/ ˈkʌs təm /
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noun

adjective

made specially for individual customers: custom shoes.
dealing in things so made, or doing work to order: a custom tailor.

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Nearby words

custodes, custodial, custodian, custodianship, custody, custom, custom house, custom-build, custom-built, custom-made, custom-make

Origin of custom

1150–1200; Middle English custume < Anglo-French; Old French costume < Vulgar Latin *co(n)s(uē)tūmin-, replacing Latin consuētūdin- (stem of consuētūdō), equivalent to consuēt(us) accustomed, past participle of consuēscere (con- con- + suē- (akin to suus one's own) + -tus past participle suffix) + -ūdin- noun suffix; cf. costume

Synonym study

1, 2. Custom, habit, practice mean an established way of doing things. Custom, applied to a community or to an individual, implies a more or less permanent continuance of a social usage: It is the custom to give gifts at Christmas time. Habit, applied particularly to an individual, implies such repetition of the same action as to develop a natural, spontaneous, or rooted tendency or inclination to perform it: to make a habit of reading the newspapers. Practice applies to a set of fixed habits or an ordered procedure in conducting activities: It is his practice to verify all statements.
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British Dictionary definitions for customs (1 of 2)

customs

/ (ˈkʌstəmz) /

noun (functioning as singular or plural)

duty on imports or exports
the government department responsible for the collection of these duties
the part of a port, airport, frontier station, etc, where baggage and freight are examined for dutiable goods and contraband
the procedure for examining baggage and freight, paying duty, etc
(as modifier)customs officer

British Dictionary definitions for customs (2 of 2)

custom

/ (ˈkʌstəm) /

noun

adjective

made to the specifications of an individual customer (often in the combinations custom-built, custom-made)
specializing in goods so made
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Word Origin for custom

C12: from Old French costume, from Latin consuētūdō, from consuēscere to grow accustomed to, from suēscere to be used to
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