[kuhs-tos; Latin koo s-tohs]
- (italics) Latin. a custodian.
- a superior in the Franciscan order.
Origin of custos
1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin
[koo s-tohs moh-roo m; English kuhs-tos mawr-uh m, mohr-]
- a custodian or guardian of morals; censor.
Origin of custos morum
literally, guardian of established usages, laws, etc.
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Examples from the Web for custos
An early name for the custos maris, or he who guards the sea-coast.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
The agitation caused by the Schut and Custos affair had subsided.A Winter Amid the Ice
A halfhour later he handed to the Custos what he had written.
The Custos read it all over slowly and carefully, weighing every word.
This was the Monument of Randulfus Pulvertoft custos caronelle.The Works of Sir Thomas Browne
- a superior in the Franciscan religious orderAlso called (in England): guardian
C15: from Latin: keeper, guard
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