2. Judicial or penal safe- keeping.
Jailer, take him to thy custody.
3. State of being guarded and watched to prevent escape; restraint of liberty; confinement; imprisonment.
What pease will be given
To us enslaved, but custody severe,
And stripes and arbitrary punishment?
(Cus"tom) 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. Consuetude, Costume.]
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 votes.
3. (Law) Long-established practice, considered as unwritten law, and resting for authority on long consent; usage.
See Usage, and Prescription.
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; familiarity. [Obs.]
Age can not wither her, nor custom stale 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 Usage.
(Cus"tom), v. t. [Cf. OF. costumer. Cf. Accustom.]
1. To make familiar; to accustom. [Obs.] Gray.
2. To supply with customers. [Obs.] Bacon.
(Cus"tom), v. i. To have a custom. [Obs.]
On a bridge he custometh to fight.
(Cus"tom), n. [OF. coustume, F. coutume, tax, i. e., the usual tax. See 1st Custom.]