noun, plural cus·to·dies.
Origin of custody
Examples from the Web for 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’|Michael Howard|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
During two years in Iranian custody, Abdolhamid provided crucial details of how Jundullah operated.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The four children were taken into custody by the Department of Social Services.
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|Creede Newton|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In some places it is common for the same ring to be used for many marriages, which ring remains in the custody of the priest.Finger-Ring Lore|William Jones
But I see that thou art wont to commit thy understanding to the custody of thy wife.'Midst the Wild Carpathians|Mr Jkai
A constable came up and took me into custody for robbing the turnip field.The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4|George W. M. Reynolds
The fore-arms, now in the custody of the College of Surgeons, were for a time separated.A Book about Doctors|John Cordy Jeaffreson
Put him in the fairest garden, and presently he will approach you with a newt, a toad, or a huge snail in his custody.Danger! and Other Stories|Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for custody
noun plural -dies
Word Origin for custody
Word Origin and History 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)).