Definition of customary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌstəm(ə)ri/


1According to the customs or usual practices associated with a particular society, place, or set of circumstances: it is customary to mark an occasion like this with a toast
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  • It is customary for local associations to make decisions on such matters as membership sales and nomination deadlines, the former MLA said.
  • It is customary to associate the march of reason with a rejection of ritual and ceremony.
  • It is customary for artists to perceive themselves as the conscience of society.
usual, traditional, normal, conventional;
familiar, accepted, prevailing, routine, fixed, set, established, confirmed, everyday, ordinary, common, stock, well worn, time-honoured
1.1 [attributive] According to a person’s habitual practice: I put the kettle on for our customary cup of coffee
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  • She was drinking her customary cup of coffee, and looked up at me when I entered.
  • After a training session on the beach at Filey the players also enjoyed their now customary pre-FA Cup match meal of fish and chips at the Three Tuns pub in the seaside town.
  • In Europe many people drink a cup of this herbal tea as their customary nightcap to relax them before going to bed.
usual, accustomed, habitual, wonted, regular
1.2 Law Established by or based on custom rather than common law or statute.
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  • The ICC Statute codifies international customary laws in another respect as well.
  • In 1995, the government established a legal system based on English common law and customary law.
  • It is based on centuries of customary international law.
1.3(In South Africa) relating to black African traditional custom or law.
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  • The Act defines a customary marriage as one negotiated, celebrated or concluded in terms of any of the systems of indigenous African customary law in South Africa.

noun (plural customaries)

another term for custumal.
Example sentences
  • After the initial customaries, and reminiscing about the holiday, he proceeded to tell me about his life.
  • Yet all these customaries were a mere preamble.
  • Things that would otherwise be impossible to say are precisely suggested by just the degree of deviation from the expected or the customary.





Late Middle English (as a noun): from medieval Latin custumarius, from custuma, from Anglo-Norman French custume (see custom).

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