Cus"tom (kŭs"tŭm), n.
[OF. custume, costume, Anglo-Norman
coustome, F. coutume, fr. (assumed) LL.
consuetumen custom, habit, fr. L. consuetudo, -
dinis, fr. consuescere to accustom, verb inchoative
fr. consuere to be accustomed; con- + suere
to be accustomed, prob. originally, to make one's own, fr. the
root of suus one's own; akin to E. so, adv. Cf.
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.
More honored in the breach than the observance.
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
3. (Law) Long-established
practice, considered as unwritten law, and resting for authority
on long consent; usage. See Usage, and
&fist; Usage is a fact. Custom is a law. There
can be no custom without usage, though there may be
usage without custom. Wharton.
4. Familiar aquaintance;
Age can not wither her, nor custom
Custom of merchants, a system or code of
customs by which affairs of commerce are regulated. --
General customs, those which extend over a
state or kingdom. -- Particular customs,
those which are limited to a city or district; as, the
customs of London.
Her infinite variety.
Syn. -- Practice; fashion. See Habit, and
Cus"tom, v. t. [Cf. OF.
costumer. Cf. Accustom.]
1. To make familiar; to accustom.
2. To supply with customers. [Obs.]
Cus"tom, v. i. To have a
On a bridge he custometh to fight.
Cus"tom, n. [OF. coustume,
F. coutume, tax, i. e., the usual tax. See
1st Custom.] 1. 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.
2. pl. Duties or tolls imposed by
law on commodities, imported or exported.
Cus"tom, v. t. To pay the
customs of. [Obs.] Marlowe.