[kuhs-tos; Latin koo s-tohs]

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.

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-]

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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