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custodian

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noun cus·to·di·an \ˌkəs-ˈtō-dē-ən\

Simple Definition of custodian

  • : someone who keeps and protects something valuable for another person

  • : a person who cleans and takes care of a building

Full Definition of custodian

  1. :  one that guards and protects or maintains; especially :  one entrusted with guarding and keeping property or records or with custody or guardianship of prisoners or inmates

cus·to·di·an·ship play \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of custodian

  1. <the custodian made his usual rounds of the building to make sure that everything was OK>

  2. <served as custodian of the prisoner until he could be turned over to federal authorities>



1602

First Known Use of custodian

1602

Rhymes with custodian



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