how to pronounce customs


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customs is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of customs in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and was a humble customs clerk who …”

meanings of customs


  1. The government department or agency that is authorised to collect the taxes imposed on imported goods.
  2. Plural of custom.
  3. The duties or taxes imposed on imported or exported goods.


  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of custom.

customs frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word customs occurs in english on average 10 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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