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custodian

[kuh-stoh-dee-uh n] /kʌˈstoʊ di ən/
noun
1.
a person who has custody; keeper; guardian.
2.
a person entrusted with guarding or maintaining a property; janitor.
Origin of custodian
1775-1785
1775-85; < Latin custōdi(a) watchman (see custody) + -an
Related forms
custodianship, noun
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  • Simply that the custodianship of esprit must ever be in the hands of the officer corps.

    The Armed Forces Officer

    U. S. Department of Defense
British Dictionary definitions for custodianship

custodianship

/kʌsˈtəʊdɪənʃɪp/
noun
1.
the condition of being a custodian
2.
(in Britain) a legal basis for the care of children under the Children's Act 1975, midway between fostering and adoption, devised for children settled in long-term foster care or living permanently with relatives or a step-parent

custodian

/kʌsˈtəʊdɪən/
noun
1.
a person who has custody, as of a prisoner, ward, etc
2.
a guardian or keeper, as of an art collection, etc
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Word Origin and History for custodianship

custodian

n.

1781, from custody (Latin custodia) + -an. As "janitor," by 1944, American English, short for custodian-janitor (by 1899).

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