custos

[ kuhs-tos; Latin koo s-tohs ]
/ ˈkʌs tɒs; Latin ˈkʊs toʊs /
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noun, plural cus·to·des [kuh-stoh-deez; Latin koo s-toh-des] /kʌˈstoʊ diz; Latin kʊsˈtoʊ dɛs/.

(italics) Latin. a custodian.
a superior in the Franciscan order.

Nearby words

  1. customise,
  2. customize,
  3. customs,
  4. customs broker,
  5. customs union,
  6. custos morum,
  7. custumal,
  8. cut,
  9. cut a deal,
  10. cut a long story short

Origin of custos

1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin

custos morum

[ koo s-tohs moh-roo m; English kuhs-tos mawr-uh m, mohr- ]
/ ˈkʊs toʊs ˈmoʊ rʊm; English ˈkʌs tɒs ˈmɔr əm, ˈmoʊr- /

noun, plural cus·to·des mo·rum [koo s-toh-des moh-roo m; English kuh-stoh-deez mawr-uh m, mohr-] /kʊsˈtoʊ dɛs ˈmoʊ rʊm; English kʌˈstoʊ diz ˈmɔr əm, ˈmoʊr-/. Latin.

a custodian or guardian of morals; censor.

Origin of custos morum

literally, guardian of established usages, laws, etc.

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British Dictionary definitions for custos

custos

/ (ˈkʌstɒs) /

noun plural custodes (kʌˈstəʊdiːz)

a superior in the Franciscan religious orderAlso called (in England): guardian

Word Origin for custos

C15: from Latin: keeper, guard

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