Definition of custumal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəstəməl/ Pronunciation: /ˈkəsCHə-/
(also customal)


A written account of the customs of a manor or other local community or large establishment.
Example sentences
  • It is likely that the original account was written as an introduction or appendix to the custumal in the Domesday and also to the list of gild ordinances (probably untouched by the town clerk's theft).
  • Precise statements of labour services owed by landholders to the lord of the manor were set out in ‘custumals’, documents produced in manorial courts under oath.
  • Even in smaller hamlets or regions of scattered farmsteads, forms of interdependence may be recognized in early laws and custumals.


Late 16th century: from medieval Latin custumale 'customs book', neuter of custumalis, from custuma 'custom'.

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Syllabification: cus·tu·mal

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