Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

custody

play
noun cus·to·dy \ˈkəs-tə-dē\

Simple Definition of custody

  • law : the legal right to take care of a child (such as a child whose parents are divorced)

  • : the state of being kept in a prison or jail

  • : the act of protecting or taking care of something

Full Definition of custody

plural cus·to·dies

  1. :  immediate charge and control (as over a ward or a suspect) exercised by a person or an authority; also :  safekeeping

Examples of custody

  1. She has sole custody of her daughter.

  2. The judge granted custody to the grandparents.

  3. The bank provides safe custody for valuables.



Origin of custody

Middle English custodie, from Latin custodia guarding, from custod-, custos guardian


First Known Use: 15th century




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up custody? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 11, 2016

the holder of an office

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

100 pounds 16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds 196.5 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ