[[t]kʌ̱stəmri, AM -meri[/t]]
1) ADJ: oft it v-link ADJ to-inf Customary is used to describe things that people usually do in a particular society or in particular circumstances. [FORMAL]

It is customary to offer a drink or a snack to guests...

At Christmas it was customary for the children to perform bits of poetry...

They interrupted the customary one minute's silence with jeers and shouts.

Derived words:
customarily [[t]kʌ̱stəmrəli, AM -e͟ərɪli[/t]] ADV

Marriages in medieval Europe were customarily arranged by the families.

2) ADJ: ADJ n Customary is used to describe something that a particular person usually does or has.

The king carried himself with his customary elegance...

Yvonne took her customary seat behind her desk.


English dictionary. 2008.


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  • customary — I adjective accustomed, acknowledged, boiler plate, common, commonplace, consuetudinary, continued, conventional, current, daily, established, everyday, expected, favorite, fixed, formal, frequent, general, habitual, inveterate, long standing,… …   Law dictionary

  • Customary — Cus tom*a*ry, n. [OF. coustumier, F. coutumier.] A book containing laws and usages, or customs; as, the Customary of the Normans. Cowell. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • customary — 1520s, from M.L. custumarius, from L. consuetudinarius, from consuetitudinem (see CUSTOM (Cf. custom)). Related: Customarily …   Etymology dictionary

  • customary — *usual, wonted, accustomed, habitual Analogous words: *regular, normal, typical, natural: *prevailing, prevalent, current: familiar, ordinary, *common: general, *universal Antonyms: occasional Contrast …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • customary — [adj] usual, established accepted, according to Hoyle*, accustomed, acknowledged, by the numbers*, chronic, common, confirmed, conventional, established, everyday, familiar, fashionable, frequent, general, habitual, household, in a rut*, in the… …   New thesaurus

  • customary — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ in accordance with custom; usual. DERIVATIVES customarily adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • customary — [kus′tə mer΄ē] adj. [ML customarius: see CUSTOM] 1. in keeping with custom, or usage; usual; habitual 2. Law holding or held by custom n. pl. customaries a collection of the laws established by custom for a manor, region, etc. SYN. USUAL… …   English World dictionary

  • customary — According to custom or usage; founded on, or growing out of, or dependent on, a custom (q.v.); ordinary; usual; common @ customary court baron See court baron @ customary dispatch Due diligence according to lawful, reasonable and well known… …   Black's law dictionary

  • customary — cus|tom|a|ry [ˈkʌstəməri US meri] adj 1.) something that is customary is normal because it is the way something is usually done = ↑usual it is customary (for sb) to do sth ▪ In some cultures it is customary for the bride to wear white. 2.) [only… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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