KJV Dictionary Definition: custom



1. Frequent or common use, or practice; a frequent repetition o the same act; hence, way; established manner; habitual practice.

The prists custom with the people was--- 1 Samuel 2.

We have no such custom. 1 Corinthians 11.

The customs of the people are vain. Jeremiah 10.

2. A buying of goods; practice of frequenting a shop and purchasing or procuring to be done.

Let him have your custom, but not your votes.

The shopkeeper has extensive custom, or a good run of custom. A mill or a manufacturer has extensive custom, or little custom.

3. In law, long established practice, or usage, which constitutes the unwritten law, and long consent to which gives it authority. Customs are general, which extend over a state or kingdom, and particular, which are limited to a city or district.


1. To make familiar. See Accustom, which is the word used.

2. To give custom to.

CUSTOM, n. Tribute, toll or tax; that is, cost or charge paid to the public.

Render custom to whom custom is due. Romans 13.

Customs, in the plural, the duties imposed by law on merchandize imported or exported. IN Great Britain and the United States, this word is limited to these species of duties.



1. Common; habitual; frequent.

2. Subject to the payment of the duties called customs.


CUSTOMABLENESS, n. Frequency; conformity to custom. Little used.


CUSTOMABLY, adv. According to custom; in a customary manner.



1. Usual; common; to which we are accustomed. See Accustomed.

2. Furnished with customers.



1. One who frequents any place of sale for the sake of purchasing goods; one who purchases goods or wares.

2. One who frequents or visits any place for procuring what he wants. We say, a mill has many customers. Hence a person who receives supplies is called a customer; the smith, the shoemaker and the tailor have their customers; and the coffee-house has its customers.

3. A toll-gatherer.