[ kuh-stoh-dee-uh l ]
/ kʌˈstoʊ di əl /


of or relating to custody.
of, relating to, or appropriate to a custodian: a building superintendent's custodial duties.
responsible for or providing protective supervision and guardianship rather than seeking to improve or cure: Overcrowding forces many mental hospitals to provide only custodial care.


a container or receptacle for something sacred, as the Host.

Nearby words

  1. custard-pie,
  2. custer,
  3. custer's last stand,
  4. custer, george armstrong,
  5. custodes,
  6. custodian,
  7. custodianship,
  8. custody,
  9. custom,
  10. custom house

Origin of custodial

1765–75; < Latin custōdi(a) custody + -al1

Related formscus·to·di·al·ism, nounnon·cus·to·di·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for non-custodial



1772, from custody (Latin custodia) + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper