Custom attributes are properties that you create to use with assets. The data type of the value of the custom attribute can be text, predefined values, date, number, or relationship. By default, a custom attribute contains a single value. Alternatively, you can choose to allow multiple values.
Attributes should more correctly be considered metadata. An attribute is frequently and generally a property of a property. However, in actual usage, the term attribute can and is often treated as equivalent to a property depending on the technology being discussed. An attribute of an object usually consists of a name and a value; of an element, a type or class name; of a file, a name and extension.
For example, in computer graphics, line objects can have attributes such as thickness (with real values), color (with descriptive values such as brown or green or values defined in a certain color model, such as RGB), dashing attributes, etc. A circle object can be defined in similar attributes plus an origin and radius.