Meaning of custom

cus•tom

Pronunciation: (kus'tum), [key]
— 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. a group pattern of habitual activity usually transmitted from one generation to another.
  6. toll; duty.
    1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) duties imposed by law on imported or, less commonly, exported goods.
    2. (used with a sing. v.) the government department that collects these duties.
    3. (used with a sing. v.) the section of an airport, station, etc., where baggage is checked for contraband and for goods subject to duty.
  7. regular patronage of a particular shop, restaurant, etc.
  8. the customers or patrons of a business firm, collectively.
  9. the aggregate of customers.
  10. (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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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