[kuh-stoh-deez; Latin koo s-toh-des]


plural of custos.


[kuhs-tos; Latin koo s-tohs]

noun, plural cus·to·des [kuh-stoh-deez; Latin koo s-toh-des] /kʌˈstoʊ diz; Latin kʊsˈtoʊ dɛs/.

(italics) Latin. a custodian.
a superior in the Franciscan order.

Origin of custos

1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin

quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

[kwis koo-stoh-dee-et ip-sohs koo-stoh-deys; English kwis kuh-stoh-dee-it ip-sohs kuh-stoh-deez]


who shall keep watch over the guardians? Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for custodes

quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

who will guard the guards?


noun plural custodes (kʌˈstəʊdiːz)

a superior in the Franciscan religious orderAlso called (in England): guardian

Word Origin for custos

C15: from Latin: keeper, guard
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