WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
cus•tom /ˈkʌstəm/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a habitual practice;
    the usual way of acting:[countable]It was a custom of mine to get coffee every morning.
  2. such ways of acting when thought of as a group;
    convention;
    tradition:[uncountable]a slave to custom.
  3. Government customs,
    • Lawduties or fees imposed by law on imported or exported goods: [uncountable;  used with a singular verb]Customs isn't too much on that new car, is it?[plural;  used with a plural verb]The customs on that product are very high in my country.
    • [uncountable;  used with a singular verb] the government department that collects these duties:Customs is very particular about that brand of car as an import here.
    • [uncountable;  used with a singular verb] the section of an airport, etc., where baggage is checked for illegally imported goods and for goods subject to the payment of duty:Which way is customs?

adj. [before a noun]
  1. made specially for individual customers: custom shoes.
  2. dealing in things so made, or doing work to order: a custom tailor.
    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 way of acting, seen over and over again in tradition and social attitudes: the custom of giving gifts at Christmas. habit, applied particularly to an individual, implies repetition of the same action resulting from a natural or deep tendency or inclination to perform it: He has an annoying habit of interrupting the speaker. practice applies to a regularly followed procedure or pattern in doing things: It is his practice to verify all statements.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
cus•tom  (kustəm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a habitual practice;
    the usual way of acting in given circumstances.
  2. habits or usages collectively;
    convention.
  3. a practice so long established that it has the force of law.
  4. such practices collectively.
  5. Sociologya group pattern of habitual activity usually transmitted from one generation to another.
  6. toll;
    duty.
  7. Governmentcustoms: 
    • Law(used with a sing. or pl. v.) duties imposed by law on imported or, less commonly, exported goods.
    • (used with a sing. v.) the government department that collects these duties.
    • (used with a sing. v.) the section of an airport, station, etc., where baggage is checked for contraband and for goods subject to duty.
  8. regular patronage of a particular shop, restaurant, etc.
  9. the customers or patrons of a business firm, collectively.
  10. the aggregate of customers.
  11. Medieval History, World History(in medieval Europe) a customary tax, tribute, or service owed by peasants to their lord.

adj. 
  1. made specially for individual customers:custom shoes.
  2. dealing in things so made, or doing work to order:a custom tailor.
  • Vulgar Latin *co(n)s()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, nominal suffix; compare costume
  • Anglo-French; Old French costume
  • Middle English custume 1150–1200
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged 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.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

customs /ˈkʌstəmz/ n (functioning as singular or plural)
  1. duty on imports or exports
  2. the government department responsible for the collection of these duties
  3. the part of a port, airport, frontier station, etc, where baggage and freight are examined for dutiable goods and contraband



'customs' also found in these entries:

Forum discussions with the word(s) "customs" in the title:


Look up "customs" at Merriam-Webster
Look up "customs" at dictionary.com

In other languages: Spanish | French | Italian | Portuguese | German | Swedish | Dutch | Russian | Polish | Romanian | Czech | Greek | Turkish | Chinese | Japanese | Korean | Arabic

Advertisements

Word of the day: Intermediate+ coach

Advertisements
Report an inappropriate ad.