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[kuhs-tuh m-meyd] /ˈkʌs təmˈmeɪd/
made to individual order:
custom-made shoes.
a custom-made item, especially of apparel.
Origin of custom-made
1850-55, Americanism


[kuhs-tuh m-meyk] /ˈkʌs təmˈmeɪk/
verb (used with object), custom-made, custom-making.
to make to individual order. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for custom-made
  • When that didn't work, she bought a custom-made gray wig.
  • Each volunteer twice took an afternoon nap in a dark room on a custom-made bed that could rock.
  • custom-made boots can be ordered, with fancier skins such as ostrich or lizard available for the more extravagant shopper.
  • The balustrades and ornamental railings each are housed in custom-made plywood cabinetry designed to safeguard them.
  • custom-made servos cost many times the price of off-the-shelf ones.
  • There is no bureaucracy, so help can be custom-made.
  • None of the five candidates is custom-made for this dual role.
  • Almost as important is the custom-made popcorn blend, which always seems to have the perfect ratio of mushrooms to butterflies.
  • We had an intimacy that seemed custom-made for our strange, lonely times.
  • Alex was fleshy and moon-faced, with thinning hair she favored custom-made muumuus, under which she wore nothing.
British Dictionary definitions for custom-made


(of suits, dresses, etc) made according to the specifications of an individual buyer
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