AskDefine | Define custom

Dictionary Definition

custom adj : made according to the specifications of an individual [syn: custom-made, customized, customised] [ant: ready-made]


1 accepted or habitual practice [syn: usage, usance]
2 a specific practice of long standing [syn: tradition]
3 money collected under a tariff [syn: customs, customs duty, impost]
4 habitual patronage; "I have given this tailor my custom for many years"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /kʌstəm/


  1. Frequent repetition of the same act; way of acting common to many; ordinary manner; habitual practice; usage; method of doing or living.
    • And teach customs which are not lawful. Acts xvi. 21.
    • Moved beyond his custom, Gama said. Tennyson.
    • A custom More honored in the breach than the observance. Shakespeare
  2. Habitual buying of goods; practice of frequenting, as a shop, manufactory, etc., for making purchases or giving orders; business support.
    • Let him have your custom, but not your votes. Addison.
  3. In the context of "law": Long-established practice, considered as unwritten law, and resting for authority on long consent; usage. See Usage, and Prescription.
    • Usage is a fact. Custom is a law. There can be no custom without usage, though there may be usage without custom. Wharton.
  4. In the context of "obsolete": Familiar acquaintance; familiarity.
    • Age can not wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety. Shakespeare
  5. The customary toll, tax, or tribute.
    • Render, therefore, to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom. Rom. xiii. 7.
  6. Duties or tolls imposed by law on commodities, imported or exported.


Derived terms


Frequent repetition of the same act
Habitual buying of goods
Long-established practice
Familiar acquaintance; familiarity
  • Dutch: bekendheid
  • German: Gewohnheit
The customary toll, tax, or tribute
  • Dutch: heffing, tol, accijns
  • German: Zoll
  • Russian: пошлина, сбор
Duties or tolls imposed by law on commodities, imported or exported
Translations to be checked


  1. made in a different way from usual, specially to fit one's needs
    My feet are as big as powerboats, so I need custom shoes.


  1. In the context of "obsolete}}

Extensive Definition

Custom may refer to:

See also

custom in German: Zoll
custom in Hebrew: מנהג (פירושונים)
custom in Swedish: Tull

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