- 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 custodianship
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
- the condition of being a custodian
- (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
- a person who has custody, as of a prisoner, ward, etc
- a guardian or keeper, as of an art collection, etc
Word Origin and History for custodianship
1781, from custody (Latin custodia) + -an. As "janitor," by 1944, American English, short for custodian-janitor (by 1899).
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