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[kuh-stoh-dee-uh n]
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  1. a person who has custody; keeper; guardian.
  2. a person entrusted with guarding or maintaining a property; janitor.
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Origin of custodian

1775–85; < Latin custōdi(a) watchman (see custody) + -an
Related formscus·to·di·an·ship, noun
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Historical Examples

  • 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


  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
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  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



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

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