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Definition of "custom" []

  • A practice followed by people of a particular group or region. (noun)
  • A habitual practice of a person: my custom of reading a little before sleep. See Synonyms at habit. (noun)
  • Law A common tradition or usage so long established that it has the force or validity of law. (noun)
  • Habitual patronage, as of a store. (noun)
  • Habitual customers; patrons. (noun)
  • A usual or habitual practice; typical mode of behaviour (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The long-established habits or traditions of a society collectively; convention (noun)
  • A practice which by long-established usage has come to have the force of law (noun)
  • Such practices collectively (esp in the phrase custom and practice) (noun)
  • Habitual patronage, esp of a shop or business (noun)
  • The customers of a shop or business collectively (noun)
  • (in feudal Europe) a tribute paid by a vassal to his lord (noun)
  • Made to the specifications of an individual customer (often in the combinations custom-built, custom-made) (adjective)
  • Specializing in goods so made (adjective)

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Use "custom" in a sentence
  • "As, therefore, the presbyters know that, in accordance with _the custom of the Church_, they are subject to him who has been set over them, so the bishops should know that they are greater than the presbyters, rather _by custom_, than by the truth of an arrangement of the Lord. ""
  • "If those ideas are a little bit far fetched for your taste, then you might want to purchase a great bottle of wine or champagne, and have the label custom printed with the couple's names, and the date of their upcoming nuptials."
  • "Just because the custom is also very much built-in to human behavior, so what?"