Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A governmental building or office where customs are collected and ships are cleared for entering or leaving the country.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A governmental office located at a point of exportation and importation, as a seaport, for the collection of customs, the clearance of vessels, etc.
  • noun The whole governmental establishment by means of which the customs revenue is collected and its regulations are enforced.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The building where customs and duties are paid, and where vessels are entered or cleared.
  • noun an agent who acts for merchants in the business of entering and clearing goods and vessels.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of custom house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a government building where customs are collected and where ships are cleared to enter or leave the country

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Examples

  • There used to be, and belike is yet, a custom, in all maritime places which have a port, that all merchants who come thither with merchandise, having unloaded it, should carry it all into a warehouse, which is in many places called a customhouse, kept by the commonality or by the lord of the place.

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • From this another conclusion may be draw, namely, that the sorry soldier of Mexico is not altogether amiable and is prone to be nasty and dangerous to the American boys who have crossed the sea to take "peaceable" possession of a customhouse.

    Mexico's Army and Ours

  • Biographical Information: Lena Schleindlinger was the first woman customhouse broker in Philadelphia.

    Personal Information for Lena Schleindlinger

  • Biographical Information: Lena Schleindlinger was the first woman customhouse broker in Philadelphia.

    Personal Information for Lena Schleindlinger

  • By 1765 it had a customhouse and traded regularly with the West Indies.

    The King's Best Highway

  • By 1765 it had a customhouse and traded regularly with the West Indies.

    The King's Best Highway

  • He was owed a decent retirement, given his exceptional service: the dozen years affixing wool subsidies in the aromatic customhouse earned the court more than most customs officers earned in a lifetime.

    A Complaint to His Purse

  • By 1765 it had a customhouse and traded regularly with the West Indies.

    The King's Best Highway

  • “Ah yes, the customhouse traffic must be very great,” nodded Déprez.

    The Blackstone Key

  • “Ah yes, the customhouse traffic must be very great,” nodded Déprez.

    The Blackstone Key

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