customhouse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n customhouse a government building where customs are collected and where ships are cleared to enter or leave the country
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Customhouse The building where customs and duties are paid, and where vessels are entered or cleared.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n customhouse A governmental office located at a point of exportation and importation, as a seaport, for the collection of customs, the clearance of vessels, etc.
    • n customhouse The whole governmental establishment by means of which the customs revenue is collected and its regulations are enforced.
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Usage

In literature:

From the American customhouse just on the opposite corner came Lite Avery, stalking leisurely along in his high-heeled riding-boots.
"Jean of the Lazy A" by B. M. Bower
He was immediately boarded by a customhouse boat, the officer of which appeared to be his friend.
"Travels Through France and Italy" by Tobias Smollett
It was easy to remember then that the douain was the customhouse and not the hotel.
"The Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The Prince, and I have seen, at the customhouse, the new bell, which has just come.
"The Red Lily, Complete" by Anatole France
That or the customhouse.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
The customhouse, court-house, post-office, etc., were on the plateau above.
"The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, Complete" by William T. Sherman
The customhouse, court-house, post-office, etc., were on the plateau above.
"Memoirs of Three Civil War Generals, Complete" by U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan
The customhouse, court-house, post-office, etc., were on the plateau above.
"The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, Vol. II., Part 4" by William T. Sherman
Before six he had her ready for sea, his dunnage bag aboard, grub in the lockers, gas in the tanks, clearance from the customhouse.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
We made no stay at the customhouse, but rode on a couple of miles farther, where, coming upon a nice spring, we dined.
"Round About the Carpathians" by Andrew F. Crosse
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