customs
customs customs n. pl. 1. money collected under a tariff; a duty imposed on imported goods.

Syn: customs duty, custom, impost. [WordNet 1.5]

2. the government department administering the collection of import tariffs. Used with as singular verb. [PJC]

3. that area within an airport, sea port, or other border station where freight or the baggage of travellers is checked for dutiable materials or contraband; as, it took an hour to get through customs. [PJC] ||


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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