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Definitions of custom

  1. accepted or habitual practice
  2. habitual patronage
  3. a specific practice of long standing
  4. made according to the specifications of an individual
  5. Frequent repetition of the same act; way of acting common to many; ordinary manner; habitual practice; usage; method of doing or living.
  6. Habitual buying of goods; practice of frequenting, as a shop, manufactory, etc., for making purchases or giving orders; business support.
  7. Long- established practice, considered as unwritten law, and resting for authority on long consent; usage. See Usage, and Prescription.
  8. Familiar aquaintance; familiarity.
  9. To make familiar; to accustom.
  10. To supply with customers.
  11. The customary toll, tax, or tribute.
  12. Duties or tolls imposed by law on commodities, imported or exported.
  13. To pay the customs of.
  14. A usual course of action; a frequent repetition of the same act; established or recognized usage; business support; unwritten law.
  15. Made to order; as, custom clothes; doing only work that is ordered; as, a custom tailor.
  16. What one is wont to do: usage: frequent repetition of the same act: a frequenting of a shop to buy goods: regular trade or business: a tax on goods:- pl. duties imposed on imports and exports.
  17. Usage; habit; repetition; regular trade or dealing.
  18. To accustom.
  19. Habitual practise; common or recognized usage.
  20. Business support; patronages.
  21. A tariff or duty.
  22. Frequent repetition of the same act; habitual practice; established mode; usage; a buying of goods; a frequenting a shop to purchase; long- established practice, as constituting the unwritten law, long consent to which gives it authority; an annual sacrifice of human victims in Ashantee.
  23. To make familiar; to give custom to.
  24. Frequent repetition of the same act; established manner; the practice of frequenting a shop for the purchase of goods; usage; toll or tax.

Usage examples for custom

  1. But is this the common custom of princes? – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  2. How now, said Sir Tristram, meseemeth it were pity that my lady should lose her head, but because thou and she of long time have used this wicked custom, and by you both have many good knights and ladies been destroyed, for that cause it were no loss to destroy you both. – Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II) King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table by Thomas Malory
  3. Oh, that a mother would take common sense, and not custom, as her guide! – Advice to a Mother on the Management of her Children by Pye Henry Chavasse
  4. That may be Avarian, but is not Gothic custom. – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  5. We didn't start that custom, and we shan't see the last of it. – Plays A Protégée of the Mistress; Poverty Is No Crime; Sin and Sorrow Are Common to All; It's a Family Affair--We'll Settle It Ourselves by Alexander Ostrovsky
  6. At sunset it is the custom on these river boats for all to have a bath. – Through Five Republics on Horseback by G. Whitfield Ray
  7. It isn't my custom to arrive in this way. – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  8. " It's an old Sicilian custom," explained Signor Trapani. – The Princess of the School by Angela Brazil
  9. But 'tis the custom of you men,- False men thus to deceive us! – Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age by Various
  10. " I believe it is the custom," she said. – Garrick's Pupil by Auguston Filon
  11. The doctors, contrary to their custom, never reassured him. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., Volume 9 And His Court and of The Regency by Duc de Saint-Simon
  12. The captain came on board at noon on the day following the arrival, and found a large number of Custom- house officers on board. – Looking Seaward Again by Walter Runciman
  13. She was evidently glad to relax into her old custom again. – Janice Day by Helen Beecher Long
  14. The best thing for you to do is to sit down, for I wish to know your name, for we Ipogau have the custom to tell our names. – Traditions of the Tinguian: A Study in Philippine Folk-Lore by Fay-Cooper Cole
  15. There is another custom in the performance of that opera, a curious one, too. – The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 1 by Rupert Hughes
  16. It is the custom of this country that a woman must never be seen eating or walking, or in company with her husband. – The Women of the Arabs by Henry Harris Jessup
  17. As was his usual custom when he was a little depressed, he went home and sat down in front of his wife's portrait. – The Limit by Ada Leverson
  18. We shall have a Ball, after the Custom of our House. – A Woman Named Smith by Marie Conway Oemler
  19. It was on a large open space, on the left of the Custom- house, that this ceremony was to be gone through. – The Phantom Ship by Captain Frederick Marryat
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