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[kuh-stoh-dee-uh n] /kʌˈstoʊ di ən/
a person who has custody; keeper; guardian.
a person entrusted with guarding or maintaining a property; janitor.
Origin of custodian
1775-85; < Latin custōdi(a) watchman (see custody) + -an
Related forms
custodianship, noun Unabridged
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  • I looked at it from every corner of the room, and asked the custodian three times if he was sure this was the original.

    Library Notes A. P. Russell
  • Some of the American cases have been denied, on the ground that the custodian was not a servant.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • And stopping before the lofty portal he said to the custodian: "Open this door without delay."

  • He was, so to speak, the custodian of the honour and prestige of the family.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • All the sacred pipes belong to the Haga gens, though Haga, in ancient times, appointed the Ike-sab gens as the custodian of them.

  • For at that period of history, you must recall, the Church was the custodian of learning.

    Paul and the Printing Press Sara Ware Bassett
British Dictionary definitions for custodian


a person who has custody, as of a prisoner, ward, etc
a guardian or keeper, as of an art collection, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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