- a person who has custody; keeper; guardian.
- a person entrusted with guarding or maintaining a property; janitor.
Origin of custodian
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Examples from the Web for custodian
She described arriving at school and hearing shots and seeing the principal and the custodian lying dead.
Both girls had witnessed the death of the principal and the custodian.
For his granddaughter, being a custodian of his legacy is a matter a pride—but also a burden.The Price of Being a Patton: Wrestling With the Legacy of America’s Most Famous General
May 26, 2014
Where was the due diligence the IRS is, by law, responsible for when it appointed Madoff a custodian?The Bag Lady Papers, Part VII
May 7, 2009
It was a new thing for him to be the custodian of so much treasure.Brave and Bold
Dick turned, and followed his custodian out of the office in silence.Within the Law
This child was the daughter of some custodian of the demesne before me.Bardelys the Magnificent
It was Pete Ellinwood, the fire marshal of the village and custodian of the apparatus.The Harbor of Doubt
“No,” cried my custodian, pushing me forward with the butt-end of his gun.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
- a person who has custody, as of a prisoner, ward, etc
- a guardian or keeper, as of an art collection, etc
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Word Origin and History for custodian
1781, from custody (Latin custodia) + -an. As "janitor," by 1944, American English, short for custodian-janitor (by 1899).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper