- keeping; guardianship; care.
- the keeping or charge of officers of the law: The car was held in the custody of the police.
- imprisonment; legal restraint: He was taken into custody.
- Also called child custody. Law. the right of determining the residence, protection, care, and education of a minor child or children, especially in a divorce or separation.Compare joint custody, sole custody.
Origin of custody
Synonyms for custodySee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for custodyguardianship, protection, care, arrest, imprisonment, jail, detention, incarceration, keeping, management, observation, watch, preservation, safekeeping, aegis, conservation, ward, salvation, superintendence, auspices
Examples from the Web for custody
Contemporary Examples of custody
If she got caught with a shank, they would up her custody level.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’
January 6, 2015
While Faal and Njie are in U.S. custody, the whereabouts of the other survivors is unknown.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
During two years in Iranian custody, Abdolhamid provided crucial details of how Jundullah operated.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
The four children were taken into custody by the Department of Social Services.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
The world should have a clearer idea after December 21, when the court decides whether or not Livvix will remain in custody.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist
December 14, 2014
Historical Examples of custody
Yes, he had replaced it—because he was responsible for its custody.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Neither was he aware that Arthur had been taken into custody.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
He was admitted, and recognized the poor negro, now in custody as a recaptured slave.Self-Help
A hundred were already in custody, and more were taken every hour.
The inmates had fled or been taken into custody, he could not say which.
- the act of keeping safe or guarding, esp the right of guardianship of a minor
- the state of being held by the police; arrest (esp in the phrases in custody, take into custody)
Word Origin for custody
mid-15c., from Latin custodia "guarding, watching, keeping," from custos (genitive custodis) "guardian, keeper, protector," from PIE *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)).