custodian

[ kuh-stoh-dee-uh n ]
/ kʌˈstoʊ di ən /

noun

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 formscus·to·di·an·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for custodian

custodian

/ (kʌsˈtəʊdɪən) /

noun

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

custodian


n.

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

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